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Seventeen new cases of a mysterious virus, which is similar to that of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had been reported from China on Sunday.

Among the 17 people who had been infected with this new type of SARS-like virus, three were described to be in a ‘severe’ condition.

As per reports, those who had been infected range from 30 to 79 years old.

The virus, till now had infected 62 people in Wuhan, with eight in a severe condition, 19 cured and discharged from hospital and the rest remaining in isolation receiving treatment.

Two people have died so far from the virus, including a 69-year-old man who died on Wednesday after the disease caused pulmonary tuberculosis and damaged multiple organ functions.

No human-to-human transmission cases of the disease have been found till now.

Authorities said they had begun ‘optimized’ testing of pneumonia cases across the city to identify those infected with the disease.

The new type of coronavirus has raised an alarm China because of its connection with SARS, a viral respiratory disease that had claimed a number of human lives in the country.


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