A rare strain of the coronavirus has killed about 100,000 people worldwide and left many people homeless in the US, Australia and Europe.
It has also led to an estimated 3.5 million deaths worldwide, the World Health Organization said in its latest update.
Here are the facts about the pandemic: Where is it occurring?
The pandemic is caused by coronaviruses, viruses that spread by breathing in infected or contaminated air or drinking contaminated water.
The most common of these is the coronovirus, which causes pneumonia, and the others include SARS and MERS.
What causes coronaviral illness?
In the US and Australia, coronavirosts are the result of breathing in air contaminated with a person’s saliva, urine, or body fluids.
The virus can also be spread by eating meat and drinking contaminated food.
The World Health Organisation said coronavirinuses are more common in people who drink or eat contaminated water, as well as people who have contact with animals and people who are vaccinated against the coronivirus.
Where can you find out more?
You can find out about the virus at the World Resources Institute website.
For more information, visit coronavirents.org.uk.
It is possible that the coronajvirus is already circulating in the environment, but it is not clear how widespread it is.
There have been more than 150 cases of coronavair diseases in the UK since March.
What are the symptoms?
A mild flu-like illness, including cough and sore throat.
The main symptoms are fever, muscle aches and joint pain.
The flu-related coronavarials can cause: sore throat and throat swelling, diarrhoea, headache, fatigue and vomiting.
If you have a flu-sore throat, it can make it hard to eat or drink, and your symptoms will be worse.
What can you do to protect yourself?
Don’t leave home or close doors or windows.
If your flu symptoms become severe, contact your GP or doctor, and get emergency treatment.
This includes antibiotics and anti-viral medicines.