ANKARA

European countries have been on high alert since many countries confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus originated in China.

The fatal disease has killed 213 people in China so far, with some 9,600 others infected.

The death toll is rising rapidly as virus spreads worldwide. All the fatalities are in China, yet some 100 cases have been confirmed in 22 countries outside China.

Since its outbreak late last year, China has put Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, under lockdown in a bid to contain the virus and is building a 1,000-bed hospital in the city

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