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China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 5:15 PM
Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, January 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert as millions of Chinese travel for Lunar New Year holidays.

In total, 62 cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the city of Wuhan, where the virus appears to have originated.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported the new cases in a statement Sunday.

Nineteen of those individuals have been discharged from the hospital, while two men in their 60s — one with severe preexisting conditions — have died from the illness.

Eight are in critical condition.

At least a half-dozen countries in Asia and three US airports have started screening incoming airline passengers from central China.

The list includes Thailand and Japan, which have together reported three cases of the disease in people who had come from Wuhan.

In the most recently diagnosed group, ages ranged between 30 and 79, Wuhan’s health commission said.

Their initial symptoms were fever and cough.

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