(Dan Tri) – Hong Kong medical experts have published a report estimating that the number of patients in Wuhan, Hubei, China may have reached nearly 44,000, much higher than the number of patients in Wuhan, Hubei, China.

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Scholars from the University of Hong Kong on January 27 published research estimating that the number of patients in Wuhan infected with strange pneumonia may have reached 43,590, as of January 26.

Meanwhile, mainland Chinese authorities said the number of confirmed cases of strange pneumonia virus nationwide was about 2,800 as of January 27 with the number of deaths being 81.

Hong Kong currently has 8 confirmed cases of new corona virus infection.

Meanwhile, China confirmed that unlike the SARS virus, the new corona virus can be transmitted during the incubation period.

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, Gabriel Leung, said his team suspected that human-to-human transmission had occurred in all major cities in mainland China and warned that a pandemic could occur.

“We must be prepared, this pandemic could be global in scale,” Mr. Leung said.

The mathematical model of this team of experts predicts that the number of infections in five major cities on the mainland such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chongqing may peak in the early 1990s.

However, Mr. Leung also noted that the team’s prediction model may be too pessimistic because they only took into account the blockade measures in Wuhan, not other Chinese health intervention policies.

According to SCMP, Mr. Leung is one of the members of the advisory committee of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

He also assessed that Hong Kong’s ban on entry of all people from Hubei and those who have come to this province in the previous 14 days is a `good start`.

On January 27, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom went to Beijing to discuss with Chinese officials.

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According to SCMP