China reports 17 more cases of new virus strain

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Seventeen more cases of the mysterious Sars-like virus have been reported in China, taking the total number of patients to 62.

Two people have died so far, with health officials in the central Chinese city of Wuhan adding that three of the patients are in a critical condition.

Meanwhile, airport authorities across parts of the US, Japan, Thailand, south Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, are screening passengers from Wuhan.

Thailand and Japan have confirmed cases of the virus, all involving people who have travelled from Wuhan.

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