China confirms spread of new virus as cases surge

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Outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to many cities, Chinese authorities disclosed this on Monday, as number of patients tripled and a third person died, stoking concerns about containment of the illness.

Daxing health commission in the capital Beijing said it had confirmed two cases of coronavirus, while the southern Guangdong province’s health commission confirmed one case in Shenzhen. They mark the first cases in China beyond the central city of Wuhan where the virus first emerged.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said 136 new cases of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus strain had been found in the city over the weekend, adding to 62 already known cases. A third death occurred on Saturday, the authority said in a statement.

 

Zainab Sa’id