New China virus: Cases triple as infection spreads to Beijing and Shanghai

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(BBC) – The number of people infected with a new virus in China tripled over the weekend, with the outbreak spreading from Wuhan to other major cities.

There are now more than 200 cases, mostly in Wuhan, though the respiratory illness has also been detected in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Three people have died. Japan, Thailand and South Korea have reported cases. 

Health officials have identified the infection, 2019-nCoV, as it’s been labelled, as a strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans. Signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, but much about it remains unknown. 

Although the outbreak is believed to have originated from a market, officials and scientists are yet to determine exactly how it has been spreading.

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