Nostradamus supposedly predicted an outbreak of SARS in a disturbing prophecy – as fears of the Coronavirus spread.
The mysterious French prophet is interpreted as having predicted the rise of Napoleon and Hitler, along with the 9/11 attacks.
He died in 1566 and his books have been studied for centuries since.
One passage from his writings reads: “The great plague of the maritime city will not cease until there be avenged the death of the just blood, condemned for a price without crime, of the great lady outraged by pretense.”
A conspiracy theorist has latched on to the extract, tying it to fears of a SARS-like virus spreading.
They write: “The start of SARS and preponderance of cases are in China, many of which are in Hong Kong. Therefore it is reasonable to view Hong Kong as ‘the maritime city’.”
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They also claim the “great lady” mentioned could be former Chinese Health Minister Wu Yi, who was previously appointed to help contain the SARS virus.
The killer Chinese coronavirus that is sweeping across Asia may already be in Britain, health experts have warned.
Heathrow Airport announced it will separate al passengers flying into the UK from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of the outbreak.
Scientists have also warned up to 10,000 patients may have caught the SARS-like virus in Wuhan – more than double the previous estimate.
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483 people have so far been diagnosed and the disease has reached the US.
A man in his 30s from Washington State was confirmed to be the first American case after travelling back from Wuhan.
The death toll this morning rose to nine.
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Top officials from the World Health Organisation today convened for an emergency meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, where they are expected to confirm the outbreak poses a “public health emergency”.
Respiratory symptoms include a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory symptoms, and kidney failure.
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