The South China Morning Post reports that a team led by Jin Li, a leading geneticist and the vice-president of Fudan Univeristy, is sounding the alarm about the need for drastic containment measures.

The number of coronavirus cases outside China will increase tenfold every 19 days if no drastic measures are taken to contain its spread, according to a study by a team of Chinese scientists.

The research, headed by leading geneticist Jin Li at Fudan University in Shanghai, also traced the spread of the virus outside China back to just 34 “unobserved carriers”.

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If that were to happen, the number of cases around the world would surpass the figure reported in mainland China within a matter of months.

“The situation is dangerous … we call on the world to take strong actions on public health, using experiences learned from China and Singapore,” the researchers said.

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