New coronavirus outbreak in China
January 20, 2020 - China has reported a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital, as millions begin travelling ahead of the country’s Lunar New Year holiday.
Health authorities in the central city of Wuhan, where the viral pneumonia appears to have originated, said an additional 136 cases have been confirmed in the city, which now has a total of 198 infected patients. As of the weekend, a third patient had died.
Five individuals in Beijing, one in Shanghai and 14 in southern China’s Guangdong province have also been diagnosed with the new coronavirus.
The outbreak has put other countries on alert as millions of Chinese travel for Lunar New Year. Authorities in Thailand and in Japan have already identified at least three cases, all involving recent travel from China.
South Korea reported its first case Monday, when a 35-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan tested positive for the new coronavirus one day after arriving at Seoul’s Incheon airport.
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