What is a novel coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.

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1. What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
2. What is a novel coronavirus?
3. What is the source of 2019-nCoV?
4. How does the virus spread?
5. Is 2019-nCoV the same as the MERS-CoV or SARS virus?