Coronavirus cure: Scientists isolate the COVID-19 genome - will accelerate hunt for cure

Scientists have already determined there are slight differences in the genetic makeup of coronavirus strains spreading in different countries.

The coronavirus that attacked Italy, for instance, is slightly different from the one that appeared in China last November.

Dr Juszczyk said: "Isolating the virus will also allow us to better understand its biology."

The virus that appeared in Poland, where more than 300 people have tested positive so far, appears to have come from Germany.

However, the virus shows certain unique characteristics, which suggests the coronavirus is continuously evolving.

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