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About 6 people have died from coronavirus in China, 300 infected – Reports

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About 6 people have died from coronavirus in China’s central Wuhan city, 300 infected, where the outbreak first spread, the city’s mayor has confirmed. Zhou Xianwang told state television a total of 258 cases had been confirmed in the city by the end of Monday.

Separately, China’s eastern Zhejiang provincial health authority said a total of five cases of new coronavirus were confirmed as of noon today. Anxieties around the spread of the deadly virus are increasing as the country prepares to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Millions of people are expected to travel by plane, train and bus ahead of the festival on Saturday, as authorities step-up precautions to control the outbreak.

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The total number of people infected by the virus jumped to 291 today with fears that number will rise further during the New Year travel rush.

Chinese government expert Zhong Nanshan revealed on state television that the virus can be spread between humans, despite authorities previously saying there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. The virus can cause pneumonia, with symptoms including fever and difficulty in breathing. As those symptoms are similar to many other respiratory diseases, extra screening is needed. This is a breaking story and we will be updating.

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