In just five days, coronaviruses have infected nearly 200,000 people worldwide, leaving some with severe symptoms and some with life-threatening symptoms, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

    The outbreak is also killing hundreds of people and causing serious illnesses, including pneumonia and meningitis.

    “This outbreak has been unprecedented, with a total of 1.3 million new infections and 2.3 lakh deaths worldwide,” Dr Helen Smith, the WHO’s emergency coordinator, said in a statement on Friday.

    “We are witnessing a pandemic of the highest proportion on record, and we need to keep it that way.”

    In Sydney, the city has seen a spike in coronaviral infections and death in recent days, and emergency services have warned that the coronaviirus outbreak could quickly become a global pandemic.

    “The response in Sydney has been incredible, with the coronave virus in Sydney, which has been going up in Sydney since mid-May, now in its third month of incubation,” Sydney mayor Graham Quirk said on Friday, after he toured the city.

    The coronavide virus is a protein-based, RNA-like virus that spreads through direct contact with infected people, such as breathing, touching, coughing, sneezing or eating contaminated food.

    It has been circulating in Australia since about the mid-2000s and is a strain of coronavaid virus that has been spreading among humans in countries such as the US and Canada.

    In New South Wales, the coronovirus has now infected more than 200,00 people, according the NSW Department of Health.

    At least one coronavision has been confirmed in Sydney and a further five have been confirmed locally.

    More than 30 coronavides have been recorded in Queensland, according a spokeswoman for Health Minister Scott Emerson.

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 1,938 deaths in Australia in the past two weeks, a jump of almost 15 per cent from the same period last year.

    A total of 4,624 new coronavisions have been reported across the country.

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