Chinese Health Authorities Report New Cases of Coronavirus, Confirm Global Spread

An epidemic of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese agencies stated Monday, as the number of patients grew threefold and a 3rd person died, stoking concerns about the containment of the virus.

The Daxing health board in the capital Beijing stated it had confirmed two cases of coronavirus, while the southern Guangdong province’s health committee confirmed one case in Shenzhen.

They mark the first cases in China past the central city of Wuhan, where the virus first arose.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission stated 136 new cases of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus pressure had been discovered in the metropolis over the weekend, adding to 62 already identified cases.

A third demise happened Saturday, the agency mentioned in a statement.

This brings the total number of identified cases globally to over 200, marking the challenge for health agencies seeking to control the epidemic.

Millions of Chinese tourists will be traveling domestically and overseas during the Lunar New Year vacation period that begins later this week.

A report by London Imperial College’s MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis predicted that by January 12, there had been 1,723 cases in Wuhan City with the onset of related symptoms.

Chinese health agencies haven’t commented directly on the report.

Authorities across the globe, including in the U.S. and many Asian nations, have ramped up the screening of travelers from Wuhan. Outside China, two cases have been registered in Thailand and one in Japan, all involving people from Wuhan or who recently visited the town.