At least 26 people have died in the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China, with most cases recorded in the central Hubei province, local media reported Friday.

The symptoms of the mystery virus resemble those of pneumonia causing massive outcry in China as the country prepares to hold New Year celebrations on Saturday.

At least 24 patients died in Hubei province, while one death was reported from China’s northeastern Hebei province.

Chinese health officials on Friday confirmed that 881 people have contracted the virus, CGTN news reported.

The virus originated in Wuhan city — the capital of Hubei — and has now spread across

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