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What's new in the China virus outbreak

Almost 2,000 cases of a new viral respiratory illness have been confirmed since an outbreak began last month in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Scientists have identified the illness as a new kind of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold. Others have evolved into more severe illnesses, such as SARS and MERS, although so far the new virus does not appear to be nearly as deadly or contagious.

WHAT'S NEW TODAY ___ The National Health Commission said the number of confirmed cases in China rose to nearly 2,000 and the death toll, to 56. ___ The U.S. reported five cases as of Sunday, including two in California and one in Arizona. All had traveled to Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak.

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