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China reports 2nd death from virus behind pneumonia outbreak

Friday, January 17, 2020, 9:06 PM

A second-person has died from a new-coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of pneumonia in central China, health authorities said. A 69-year-old man surnamed Xiong fell ill with the respiratory condition on Dec.-31, according to a statement late Thursday from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. He died Wednesday. The Chinese government is keen to avoid a repeat of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.