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China coronavirus Death toll rises as disease spreads

China's central Hubei province, at the center of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, reported 13 new deaths caused by the new virus on January 25, state media CCTV reported on Sunday.

On Thursday, the US State Department ordered non-emergency personnel and their families to depart China's Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the provincial capital, due to the coronavirus.

The virus, which originated in the central city of Wuhan late a year ago, has killed 41 people and infected more than 1,300 people globally.

While China imposed transport bans in an area covering a staggering 41 million people, the United States confirmed its second case of the SARS-like virus that has reached half-a -dozen countries.

Health officials around the world are racing to prevent a pandemic after a handful of cases of infection were reported outside China, including in Thailand, Australia, the US and France.

No reported fatalities outside China.

China announced a ban on the temporary sale of bushmeat through which the virus may have been transmitted to humans.

Sanya is one of the favourite tourist destinations during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday which lasts until Jan 30.

Mr. Ma said China would intensify its containment efforts, which have so far included transportation and travel curbs and the cancellation of big events.

The CDC said the first US case was confirmed on Tuesday and also involved someone who recently returned home after a visit to Wuhan.

There is no known vaccine for 2019-nCov, whose symptoms include fever, fatigue, dry cough, shortness of breath, respiratory distress, pneumonia, kidney failure and, in severe cases, death.

The National Health Commission said it is bringing in medical teams to help handle the outbreak, a day after videos circulating online showed throngs of frantic people in masks lined up for examinations and complaints that people were turned away at hospitals that were at capacity.

The city of 11 million people has been placed under effective quarantine for days, with a auto traffic ban going into effect on Sunday.

Those most affected are older people and those with underlying health conditions.

The patient, whose identity was kept private, was described as a traveler from Wuhan, China - the outbreak's epicenter.

Walt Disney Co's Shanghai Disney Resort is closed.

Hong Kong will extend school holiday closures until February 17.

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