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China confirms 2,700 cases of virus, 40 counted elsewhere

January 27, 2020 GMT
Indian hospital staff prepare an isolation ward to keep people returning from China under observation at the Government Fever Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that's the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
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Indian hospital staff prepare an isolation ward to keep people returning from China under observation at the Government Fever Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that's the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
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Indian hospital staff prepare an isolation ward to keep people returning from China under observation at the Government Fever Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that's the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

China has confirmed more than 2,700 cases of a new virus, with 81 deaths. Most have been in the central city of Wuhan where the illness first surfaced last month. More than 40 cases have been confirmed in other places with virtually all of them involving Chinese tourists or people who visited Wuhan recently.

Some details on cases confirmed as of midday Monday Beijing time:

— China: 2,744 cases on the mainland, with 769 of those newly confirmed in the 24 hours through midnight Sunday. In addition, Hong Kong has eight cases and Macao has five. Nearly all of the 81 deaths have been in central Hubei province, with five elsewhere in China.

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— United States: 5, 2 in southern California and 1 each in Washington state, Chicago, and Arizona.

— Thailand: 8

— Australia: 5

— South Korea: 4

— Japan: 4

— Singapore: 4

— Malaysia: 4

— France: 3

— Taiwan: 3

— Vietnam: 2

— Canada: 2

— Nepal: 1

— Cambodia: 1