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China reports over 1,280 virus cases, death toll at 41

People wear masks on a street in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 to celebrate the Lunar New...
People wear masks on a street in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. | Source: AP Photo / Kin Cheung(KALB)
Published: Jan. 24, 2020 at 8:53 PM CST
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China's National Health Commission has reported the number of people infected with a new coronavirus has risen to 1,287 with 41 deaths.

The commission said Saturday the latest tally comes from 29 provinces across China, including 237 patients in serious condition.

All 41 deaths have been in China, including 39 in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, one in Hebei and one in Heilongjiang.

Meanwhile, Australia announced its first case Saturday, a Chinese man in his 50s who last week returned from China.

France says three people had fallen ill with the virus - the disease's first appearance in Europe.

And the United States reported its second case, involving a Chicago woman in her 60s who was hospitalized in isolation after returning from China.

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