China virus death toll passes 100

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(Reuters) – A new strain of virus spreading across China has claimed its first victim in Beijing, as the death toll climbed to 106. Although cases of the flu-like virus have appeared in more countries, with Sri Lanka and Cambodia the latest on the list, no fatalities have been reported outside China.

Officially known as “2019-nCoV”, the newly identified coronavirus can cause pneumonia, but it is too early to know just how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads. Chinese health officials say the incubation period could range from one to 14 days, and the virus is infectious during that time. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated an incubation period of two to 10 days.

The number of total confirmed cases in China surged to 4,515 as of Monday, from 2,835 the previous day, the National Health Commission said.

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