Researchers have pinpointed one of the global cities most in danger from the spread of coronavirus based on travel data – with two Aussie places on the list.
University of Southhampton academics have released a map showing where the virus is likely to spread in the coming weeks.
The number one city of concern is Bangkok, while Sydney and Melbourne are also likely targets, based on the number of air travellers predicted to arrive there from the worst affected cities in mainland China.
Hong Kong in China came in second on the list, followed by Taipei in Taiwan. Sydney, New York and London are among the top 30 other major international cities ranked in the research.
When it comes to countries at risk, Australia ranked number 10 from the research, while Thailand came in at number 1, followed by Japan and Hong Kong (3).
USA placed 6th, while the UK was 17th.
An outbreak of coronavirus that has killed 131 people has led to travel warnings across the globe.
Despite the virus originating in China, there are now confirmed cases in Thailand, Australia, the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France and Canada.
“It’s vital that we understand patterns of population movement, both within China and globally, in order to assess how this new virus might spread – domestically and internationally,” Andrew Tatem from the University of Southampton said.
“By mapping these trends and identifying high-risk areas, we can help inform public health interventions, such as screenings and healthcare preparedness.”
Earlier, the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus was shown on another map, with John Hopkins University showing the thousands of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world.
This map was created as a response to the ongoing public health emergency and to “visualise and track the reported cases on a daily timescale”.
The map is collected from a handful of sources including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United States’ Centres for Disease Control and a number of Chinese health organisations.
Sri Lanka confirmed its first case yesterday, while Japan and Germany have confirmed two people contracted the virus despite not visiting China.
WHO was first informed of an outbreak of “pneumonia of unknown cause” on December 31 last year after it was detected in Wuhan City, China.
Four weeks on, the virus has exploded across the world, infecting thousands and killing more than 100 people.
China’s increasingly drastic containment efforts began with the suspension of plane, train and bus links to Wuhan.
That lockdown has expanded to 17 cities with more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease-control measures ever imposed.
China extended the Lunar New Year holiday, the country’s busiest travel season, by three days to Sunday to keep the public at home and reduce the risk infection will spread.