CORONAVIRUS

China Reports 17 New Cases In Viral Pneumonia Outbreak

Jan 18, 2020, 8:42 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 4:49 pm
Medical staff transfer patients to Jin Yintan hospital on January 17, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. ...
Medical staff transfer patients to Jin Yintan hospital on January 17, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Local authorities have confirmed that a second person in the city has died of a pneumonia-like virus since the outbreak started in December. (Photo by Getty Images)
(Photo by Getty Images)

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.

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 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.

At least a half-dozen countries in Asia 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.

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China Reports 17 New Cases In Viral Pneumonia Outbreak