Coronaviruses are a family of viruses found in animals, including humans. Different strains cause illnesses of varying severity from the common cold to SARS, which can be deadly.
Coronaviruses were first discovered by scientists in the 1960s. They are extremely adaptable and genetically diverse, meaning they can spread easily between different species. Some can cause serious illnesses that lead to difficulty breathing, pneumonia and even death, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). DW coronavirus content is automatically compiled on this page.
The Covid-19 virus isn't just hitting China's economy hard. Neighbors in Asia are also feeling the pain. Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry has released numbers on projected growth for this year, and they predict a major downturn. The city state might even plummet into a recession.
China has long been the top market for the world's carmakers - but now the coronavirus outbreak is making its presence felt on balance sheets. The likes of Volkswagen and Daimler make between 30 and 40 percent of their global sales in China alone. That makes German carmakers and their suppliers among the most exposed in Europe to the outbreak.
The number of deaths and confirmed cases, though continuing to increase, is rising at a slower rate for the third day in a row. China's central bank is taking measures to stem the outbreak by disinfecting money.
Greece is giving non-Europeans a chance to live in the country in exchange for major real-estate investments. The scheme has so far brought in about 2 billion euros. Along with a lot of Arabs, Russian tycoons and Turks, wanting to escape political persecutions. Chinese millionaires are also now lining up and the coronavirus outbreak is weighing heavily into their plans. Anthee Carassava reports.