The number of people in mainland China infected by a new SARS-like virus has jumped to 291, while two more people have died, officials said on Tuesday.
The mayor of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – said in an interview with mainland media that the death toll from the outbreak has now jumped to six, with a dozen patients in a critical condition in hospital.
Meanwhile, the National Health Commission on Tuesday reported 77 new confirmed cases of the virus, with over 900 still under medical observation.
The new confirmed cases are mostly in Hubei province where a seafood market in the capital city Wuhan has been identified as the epicentre of the outbreak.
The statement did not confirm if the new cases are in Wuhan or other areas across the province.
The commission said there are five confirmed cases in Beijing, 14 in the southern province of Guangdong and two in Shanghai.
It added that there are over 50 suspected cases under observation in 14 other provinces and regions across China, including the northeastern Jilin province, eastern Zhejiang and southern Hainan.
Countries across Asia have ramped up measures to block the spread of the new virus which can be transmitted between humans, raising fears of a massive outbreak during the upcoming major holiday travel rush. (RTHK, AFP)
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