DISCOVERY CHANNEL premieres tonight a special tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring interviews with Wuhan residents and medical professionals.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China last December, has claimed over 6,500 lives according to the World Health Organization and infected more than 169,000 people over 135 countries and territories. The Philippines has more than 140 cases with a dozen left dead and the largest island (including the capital) under lockdown.

“I kept crying because I was very worried. The epidemic has become very severe,” Lin Wuyan, a Wuhan native working in Beijing said in the show’s trailer.

John Isaac, digital business head of Discovery Channel in South Asia said the idea behind these specials was to look at “events that define the world and humanity,” according to a story by

“We believe there is a lot more to it than what meets the eye. This special is just our first attempt at showing the world in terms of what its origins were and what led to its spiralling out of control,” he added.

Mr. John also noted that the network has commissioned “at least two more” original shows on the novel coronavirus as there’s a need to have “information that comes from trusted sources,” he said in an interview with the Press Trust of India.

Coronavirus: The Silent Killer airs on March 18 at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel. Discovery Channel is available on Sky Cable channel 39 (SD) and channel 180 (HD); Cignal channel 140; Cablelink channel 25; and various cable TV providers.