Coronavirus deaths surpass SARS
LOS ANGELES - The novel coronavirus continues to afflict more victims, not just in China where it originated but around the world.
The death toll is now 910 and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases is more than 40,000 around the globe. Many doctors believe the number of cases is undercounted because Chinese testing facilities are under severe strain.
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Meanwhile, researchers are still learning about the virus, how it originated and the best way to combat it.
Coronavirus deaths surpass the total number of people killed in China when the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) broke out in 2002 and 2003.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the SARS outbreak killed more than 700 people and infected more than 8,000 worldwide.
A vaccine for the virus does not yet exist. Health experts are in the early stages of developing one but suspect it will likely take about a year. It took researchers nearly two years to develop a vaccine for SARS.