Kathmandu, Jan. 13 -- The World Health Organization has alerted the Ministry of Health and Population about the risk of possible transmission of a new strain of coronavirus that was first detected in the Wuhan city of China.

At least one person has died of respiratory failure and more than 40 others suffered a pneumonia-like illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus last week.

It is not immediately clear how and where the new strain of the virus originated.

"The UN health agency has alerted us to take precautionary measures to prevent the possible transmission of the deadly virus in our country," Dr Bibek Kumar Lal, director at Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, told the Post. "We are at high risk of deadly disease, as Chin...