Published On: Fri, Jun 12th, 2020

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The study by the Maryland School of Medicine used weather maps to discover areas affected early on during the pandemic were on a similar band of northern latitude. These included Wuhan, Paris and Seattle.

According to researchers, these cites all had similar ranges of lower temperatures and low humidity between January and March.

The study suggests the virus responds similarly to seasonal viruses such as the flu which spreads throughout the winter and spring months.

Now the team are claiming weather maps can help other scientists predict when and where outbreaks are likely to occur.

While collecting climate data from 50 cities from January to March, the study found eight cities had a “substantial” spread of the virus.

These included Daegu, South Korea; Milan, Italy; Paris, France; Qom, Iran; Seattle, USA; Tokyo, Japan and Wuhan, in China.

Wuhan, in China, is considered the epicentre of the virus despite the Chinese authorities denying the pandemic began in the city.

The other 42 cities reportedly had smaller number of cases.

From November 2019 to March 2020, these eight cities were all on a similar bank of latitudes.

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“We think that the virus is behaving like a seasonal respiratory virus.
“What this means is that the virus has temperature and humidity requirements that aid in its transition.”

Globally cases have risen to more than 7.5 million with more than 420,000 deaths.

In the UK, the COVID-19-related death toll has reached more than 40,000, as the number of deaths increased by more than 200 over the last 24 hours.

This is the highest figure across the whole of Europe and fears of a second spike have been ignited.

It was announced lockdown measures will begin to ease with non-essential shops reopening from June 15.

Mr Johnson said: “We are making this change to support those who are particularly lonely as a result of lockdown measures.”

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