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China reports sharp rise in SARS-like virus cases as holiday travel begins

Added 01-20-20 08:18:02am EST - “China on Monday reported a sharp spike in the number of people infected with a new SARS-like virus ?" as millions begin traveling for the Lunar New Year, fueling fears of a global outbreak. Health o?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “China reports sharp rise in SARS-like virus cases as holiday travel begins”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China on Monday reported a sharp spike in the number of people infected with a new SARS-like virus – as millions begin traveling for the Lunar New Year, fueling fears of a global outbreak.

Health officials in Wuhan, where the viral pneumonia apparently originated, said an additional 136 cases have been confirmed in the central city, which now has a total of 198 infected patients.

As of the weekend, a third patient had died, bringing the death toll to three. The country had confirmed a total of 217 cases of the coronavirus.

No human-to-human transmission has been confirmed yet, but health officials have not ruled out the possibility.

President Xi Jinping said the country would seek to control the spread of the outbreak, state media reported.

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