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China reports 1st death from new type of coronavirus

The central city of Wuhan says a total of 41 are suffering from pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus as of Friday.

BEIJING, China — Health authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan are reporting the first death from a new type of coronavirus. 

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported Saturday that seven other people are in critical condition. 

It says a total of 41 are suffering from pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus as of Friday, down from the earlier figure of 59. 

It says those are in stable condition and at least two have been released from a hospital. 

Another 739 people who were in close contact with the patients, including 419 medical workers, have been placed under medical observation but no related cases have been found.

A preliminary investigation into viral pneumonia illnesses sickening dozens of people in and around China had identified the new type of coronavirus as a possible cause, state media said on Thursday

In Hong Kong, 15 patients with symptoms of respiratory illness were being treated as of Sunday.

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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, a health surveillance officer monitors passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International airport in Hong Kong. A preliminary investigation into viral pneumonia illnesses sickening dozens of people in and around China has identified the possible cause as a new type of coronavirus, state media said Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. In Hong Kong, 15 patients with symptoms of respiratory illness were being treated as of Sunday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)