New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: The deadly coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 1700 and affected over 70,000 people in China and the country is battling to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the deadly COVID-19 virus is still an emergency.

The deadly situation due to the coronavirus has also forced countries to lock their borders with China and asking their citizens to be cautious while travelling to the country.

As the deadly coronavirus created havoc across the world, a tweet has surfaced in which it has been claimed that the novel COVID-19 virus was predicted in fiction book around 39 years ago.

A twitter user by the name of Darren Plymouth shared the cover of the book and an excerpt from the book in which the virus has been named as Wuhan-400.

“It's a strange world we live in,” the user said while sharing the post on twitter.

The netizens are also baffled with this and many of them expressed their surprised on the micro-blogging website:

“Read most of Dean Koontz books and enjoyed how descriptive they were. This, however, is a little too close to the,” said a user.

“Not to put the fear of God into you, but have you seen "Survivors", the original 1975 version? Here's the opening credits. Uncanny...” said another user.

“It’s not strange, if the writer has a sense of history and knows China: Wuhan was also the starting point for the 1911 revolts and that spread more or less around the same axes as the virus now. Wuhan has been the heart of country wide public transportation even before HSR,” said another user.

The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped past 1,700 on Monday after 100 more people died in the hard-hit Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.

In its daily update, the province's health commission also reported 1,933 new cases.
At least 70,400 people have now been infected nationwide.

Most are in Hubei, where the virus first emerged in December before spiralling into a nationwide epidemic.

The number of new cases in the province had been declining since a large spike last week when officials changed their criteria for counting cases to include people diagnosed through lung imaging.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma