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With any vaccine still in early development, the best way to mitigate the pandemic is social distancing, experts say. Photograph: iStock

As many as 25 per cent of people infected with the new coronavirus may not show symptoms, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi(...)

Workers in protective suits walk next to Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak is believed to have begun. Photograph:  Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Shenzhen has become the first mainland Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat, following a move by Beijing to prohibit the w(...)

An employee controls surgical masks at a leather workshop turned into a mask factory, close to Vigevano, Lombardy, Italy. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s death toll from coronavirus has overtaken that of China, where the virus first emerged. Hospitals in Italy said they were being overwhelmed, w(...)

A woman wearing a face mask walks with an umbrella along a street in Jiujiang in China’s central Jiangxi province. Photograph: Getty

China’s central province of Hubei, excluding the provincial capital Wuhan, reported zero new cases of coronavirus over 24 hours for the first time du(...)

A tourist wearing a protective respiratory mask outside the  Coliseum in  Rome on Friday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

The coronavirus spread further on Friday, with cases reported for the first time in six more countries across three continents leading the World Healt(...)

 Foxconn employees wearing masks  at the company’s year-end gala in Taipei, Taiwan, on  January 22nd.  Photograph:  Reuters/Yimou Lee

On any normal morning thousands of workers stream in and out of the huge gates of Foxconn Zhengzhou Science Park, a 1.4 million square metre compound (...)

Travellers wear face masks as they walk outside  Beijing Railway Station amid a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus. The outbreak coincides with China’s  busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP.

Confirmation that a new coronavirus can be transmitted directly from person to person has significantly increased the possibility of a Sars-like illne(...)

 Chinese residents wear masks while waiting at a bus station near the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which has been linked to cases of a new strain of Coronavirus. Photograph: EPA

An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, authorities said on Monday, and a four(...)

The Hong Kong Free Free Press said the diplomat the consulate’s Scottish Development International had attended a business event in south-eastern China but failed to return. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK Foreign Office has said it is concerned over reports that a staff member has been detained in China. Simon Cheng Man-kit, who works at the Br(...)

 Protesters react after police fire tear gas at them during an anti-government rally in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jermole Favre

Crystal Kan, a young veteran of the protests that have rocked Hong Kong since mid-June, knows where she will be if Chinese troops roll across the terr(...)

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