Jan 30 (Reuters) - A coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan, the capital of China's central province of Hubei, has killed 170 people in the country and infected more than 7,800 globally, most of them in China.
The virus has caused alarm because it is still too early to know how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads among people. Chinese officials say it is infectious during its incubation period, which could range from one to 14 days.
Here is what we know:
* By Thursday, the death toll in China had risen to 170, with 162 in Hubei, authorities said. Another 7,711 people in China had been infected.
* There are 104 confirmed cases of infection outside mainland China, including 14 cases in Thailand, 11 in Japan, 10 in Hong Kong and Singapore, eight in Taiwan, seven in Macau, Australia and Malaysia, five in the United States and France, four in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Germany, two in Canada and Vietnam, and one case each in Nepal, Cambodia and Sri Lanka and Finland.
* No deaths have been reported outside China.
* The previously unknown coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged late last year from illegally traded wildlife at a market in Wuhan, a city of 11 million.
* The World Health Organisation will meet on Thursday to decide whether its rapid spread amounts to a global health emergency.
* Several Chinese cities have levied strict travel curbs.
* Global airlines have suspended or scaled back direct flights to China's major cities.
* Countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States are working to evacuate citizens from Wuhan or have already started.
* Nearly 200 evacuated Americans arrived at a U.S. military base in California to be isolated for at least 72 hours.
* Three Japanese evacuated on a government-chartered flight proved to be infected, including two who had not shown symptoms.
* The Chinese Football Association said it would postpone domestic games in 2020.
* The World Athletics Indoor Championships scheduled in the Chinese city of Nanjing in March have been postponed until 2021.
* Alphabet Inc's Google and Sweden's IKEA said they were temporarily shutting all offices and stores in China over the outbreak.
* Some experts believe the virus is not as dangerous as the 2002-03 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that killed nearly 800 people, or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has killed more than 700 people since 2012.
(Compiled by Stephen Coates; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)