Virus cases in China top SARS as evacuations begin
Posted: 9:28 AM, Jan 29, 2020
Associated Press News
Travelers wear face masks as they walk outside of the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. China reported Monday a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country’s busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Countries have began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS.
The number of confirmed cases jumped to 5,974 on Wednesday, surpassing the 5,327 in mainland China during the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003.
The death toll rose to 132.
A Japanese flight that brought back evacuees from Wuhan included four passengers with coughs and fevers. It wasn’t immediately known whether they were infected with the new virus that first appeared in the city in central China in December.
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