Health authorities in Wuhan, central China, said on Wednesday that they have not ruled out the possibility of human-to-human transmission of a viral pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus similar to the one that causes the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

In a statement published on Wednesday on its official website, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said that although no case of human-to-human transmission has yet been confirmed, the possibility of “limited” transmission cannot be ruled out. EFE-EPA