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At least one of every two instances of human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus is believed to occur while the first patient is not yet showing symptoms, according to an Japanese university research estimate.

Based on its determination, the team headed by Hokkaido University professor Hiroshi Nishiura has called for taking preventive measures and reinforcing the medical system for a potential spike in coronavirus patients, rather than focusing exclusively on isolation to contain the disease.

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