Notes from the Field: A Novel Coronavirus Genome Identified in a Cluster of Pneumonia Cases — Wuhan, China 2019−2020
A cluster of pneumonia cases with an unknown cause occurred in Wuhan starting on December 21, 2019. As of January 20, 2020, a total of 201 cases of pneumonia in China have been confirmed. A team of professionals from the National Health Commission and China CDC conducted epidemiological and etiological investigations. On January 3, 2020, the first complete genome of the novel β genus coronaviruses (2019-nCoVs) was identified in samples of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) from a patient from Wuhan by scientists of the National Institute of Viral Disease Control and Prevention (IVDC) through a combination of Sanger sequencing, Illumina sequencing, and nanopore sequencing. Three distinct strains have been identified, the virus has been designated as 2019-nCoV, and the disease has been subsequently named novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia (NCIP).
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