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Mystery virus infecting dozens in central China prompts fears of new epidemic

January 6, 2020

China announced on Sunday that an unknown form of viral pneumonia has broken out in the central city of Wuhan and has so far infected almost 60 people.

The outbreak, which has prompted authorities to quarantine affected individuals, has led to online speculation about a resurgence of the SARS virus.

However, the Wuhan health commission has said the pneumonia outbreak is not like the highly contagious SARS virus and has also ruled out several other viral infections. Wuhan police said on Wednesday that eight people had been punished for publishing or forwarding false information on the internet without verification.

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