10 deadliest diseases that came before the coronavirus


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The recent coronavirus outbreak has triggered panic across the globe, prompting travel bans, visa restrictions and large-scale quarantines.

The coronavirus - COVID-19 - has reached 60 countries but has not yet caused widespread fatalities outside of mainland China. The outbreak has been classified as an epidemic as opposed to a pandemic — the difference being that an epidemic is the widespread occurrence of a disease in one community at a particular time, whereas a pandemic is when a disease spreads across continents at the same pace.

If, however, the rate of infection and death increases it could soon be classified as a pandemic.

There have been major occurrences of those across history; here are a few:

1. Sixth cholera (1910-1911)

The sixth cholera outbreak began in India, subsequently spreading to the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia. The outbreak killed 8,00,000 people

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