A HORRIFYING new map shows the unstoppable spread of deadly coronavirus across the globe.
The incredible graphic reveals how five million Wuhan residents fled ground-zero before the Chinese city was placed on lockdown.
The data by Southampton University estimates the virus’s spread for the next three months.
It’s based on the mobile phone and flight data of 60,000 of five million residents who fled Wuhan – where coronavirus originated – before the region was properly locked down.
The research group used tech data to predict the spread, with shocking results.
Thousands of air passengers who’s data was mapped travelled to 382 cities outside of mainland China in the days leading up to January 23 – Wuhan’s lockdown date.
And the team warns: “The majority of these cities were in Asia, but major hubs in Europe, the US and Australia were also prominent, with strong correlation seen between predicted importation risks and reported cases seen”.
Researchers urge screening at origin high-risk cities across the globe before April – and that’s simply to limit the spread beyond it’s current extent.
During China’s Lunar New Year, scores of potentially infected Chinese residents from high-risk cities travelled to Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia.
They also spread across Africa, hitting Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya.
The study’s author’s concluded: “Further spread of 2019-nCoV within China and international exportation is likely to occur,” the authors concluded”.
They warned all cities should be prepared to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
Jin Dong-Yan, a molecular virologist at Hong Kong University’s School of Biomedical Sciences morosely concluded: “It’s definitely too late…Five million out. That’s a big challenge. Many of them may not come back to Wuhan but hang around somewhere else”.
The news comes after an East Sussex GP surgery was placed on lockdown as two medics were diagnosed with the virus.