China on Monday reported a mysterious SARS-like virus had spread across the country, including to Beijing, raising concerns as millions begin trips for the Lunar New Year .
A third person was confirmed to possess died, authorities said, as nearly 140 cases were announced.
The new coronavirus strain has caused alarm due to its connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed nearly 650 people across China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.
In Wuhan, the city center where the coronavirus was first discovered, 136 new cases were found over the weekend, the local health commission said, without giving details about the one that died.
Health authorities in Beijing’s Daxing district said two people that had travelled to Wuhan were treated for pneumonia linked to the virus and are in stable condition.
In Guangdong, a 66-year-old Shenzhen man was quarantined on January 11 after contracting a fever and showing other symptoms following a visit to go to relatives in Wuhan, the provincial health commission said during a statement.
A total of 201 people have now been diagnosed with the virus in China. In Wuhan, 170 people are still being treated at hospital, including nine in critical condition, the town health commission said.
Wuhan may be a city of 11 million inhabitants that is a serious transport hub, including during the annual Lunar New Year holiday when many many Chinese people travel across the country to go to family.