Coronavirus breakthrough: Scientists isolate the Italian strain of the COVID-19 virus

Dr Tarkowski said: “If we get to know the differences between the two viruses, based on these studies, then they will be linked to concrete clinical symptoms and that will be a big leap forward and then we can talk about differences in the disease and which is more dangerous; the one in China or the one in Europe.”

However, at this stage of the study, it is still too early to make any conclusions.

Dr Tarkowski said: “We can say we are dealing with an active virus that can replicate itself, therefore, it is a complete virus causing symptoms with which patients were admitted to hospital.”

The coronavirus attacks the respiratory system with flu-like symptoms in the early stages of infection.