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Genus and species of coronavirus disease 2019: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
27 May 2020
Genus and species of coronavirus disease 2019: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000034031
Date received: 25 Apr 2020
Date responded: 25 May 2020
Information requested

"In relation to Coronavirus disease 2019: Further to the Public Health etc (Scotland) Act 2008 and Freedom of Information Legislation please inform me of the genus and species of the condition causing the disease as defined in the Act for which there has been enacted "distancing measures".

Response

The full taxonomic classification, including genus and species, of the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 is:

Realm: Riboviria
Kingdom: Orthornavirae
Phylum: Pisuviricota
Class:  Pisoniviricetes
Family: Coronaviridae
Subfamily:  Orthocoronavirinae
Genus:  Betacoronavirus
Species:  Sarbecovirus
Strain:  SARS-CoV-2

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