Chinese authorities on Saturday confirmed the first death from a new virus that broke out in central China, local media reported. 

One patient with viral pneumonia has been confirmed dead while seven others are in critical condition in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, Xinhua News Agency quoted local health authorities as saying.

According to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, the diagnoses showed 41 cases suffer from pneumonia caused by a preliminarily determined new type of coronavirus.

A total of 739 close contacts, 419 of which are medical staff, have been placed under medical observation and no

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