Anxiety builds as virus spreads across China

World News

January 21, 2020 - 9:37 AM

WUHAN, China (AP) — Face masks sold out and temperature checks at airports and train stations became the new norm as China strove today to control the outbreak of a new virus that has reached four other countries and territories and threatens to spread further during the Lunar New Year travel rush.

Anxiety grew both at home and abroad after Chinese government expert Zhong Nanshan confirmed fears on state television late Monday that the new type of coronavirus can spread from human to human.

Six people have died and 291 have been infected in China, the National Health Commission said today.

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