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Aussie researchers make critical coronavirus breakthrough with live strain

Australian researchers have made a critical breakthrough in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, successfully growing the live virus from patients in 新南威尔士州.
A team of 10 scientists at a state-of-the-art biosecurity P4 laboratory in Westmead Hospital have been working around the clock to cultivate the virus.
It's hoped that the breakthrough will help health experts around the world develop accurate and fast diagnostic tools to contain the outbreak.
A researcher works on the virus at their lab in Westmead Hospital. (新南威尔士州 Health)

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"But unless clinicians understand the epidemiology of the disease – how it behaves and replicates - they can't develop reliable diagnostic testing to identify and contain it.
An image of the live strain as seen under a microscope. (新南威尔士州 Health)
新南威尔士州 Health Pathology's Director of Public Health Pathology, Professor Dominic Dwyer, said the live strain of the virus will be shared with medical teams around the world.

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"We're proud to be able to share our discovery with the World Health Organisation, and international researchers and clinicians, so together we ultimately help save lives."
NSW Minister for Heath Brad Hazzard speaking at a press conference outlining a research breakthrough in Coronavirus and providing an update on the current state of Coronavirus in NSW at the 新南威尔士州 Ministry of Health in Sydney, Monday, February 10, 2020. (AAP)
In New South Wales, there have been four confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and 22 more patients are currently under investigation.
Since February 2 - 14,459 people have been assessed at Sydney International Airport, including 677 arrivals who touched down from mainland China this morning.

The fourth patient, a 43-year-old male, remains in hospital.
Across the world, there have been about 37,562 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and 813 reported deaths.
The fatality rate of coronavirus is currently 2.16 percent of infected patients.

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