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China virus death toll rises to 41, more than 1,300 infected worldwide

China virus death toll rises to 41, more than 1,300 infected worldwide”

"It's so hard to bear when they come pleading for help while we really couldn't do anything", she said.

She said the health system and public health response is "robust", saying that cases have been quickly reported and tests conducted.

The respiratory condition has been confirmed in a man who arrived from China last week, Victoria's Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

Citizens wear masks to defend against new viruses in Guangzhou, China.

Airports across the nation have set up checkpoints to screen passengers from China and other countries for signs of illness, with local authorities accelerating quarantine efforts to contain the virus as a countless number of people visit relatives back home or travel overseas.

"There is no reason for alarm in the general community", Ms Mikakos said.

More than 1,300 people have been infected globally with a virus traced to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife.

"The infections are way more terrifying than what you see on the television", a woman, who says she works at a hospital, said in a WeChat voice message to her niece.

Nine people in Queensland have returned negative results for coronavirus, with authorities on Saturday still waiting on results from another possible case.

Japan's health authorities confirmed a second case on Friday.

Singapore has announced at least three cases - a 66-year-old man and his 37-year-old son, who arrived in Singapore on Monday from Wuhan, and a 52-year-old Wuhan woman, who arrived in the city-state on Tuesday. The disease is listed as having "pandemic potential", allowing border measures to be enhanced.

Tom McMillan, spokesman for Alberta Health, said the province is testing people for the illness, even if it's unlikely that they have it, based on their personal and travel history.

People in the United Kingdom face ongoing tests for coronavirus as the Chief Medical Officer for England said there is a "fair chance" Britain will see cases emerge.

Experts are still learning about the virus. It spreads person to person (including healthcare workers), but does not seem to spread before patients are symptomatic.

Health leaders from around the world are continuing to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, now responsible for the deaths more than 2 dozen people in China.

- The number of confirmed cases rose to 830. Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says coronavirus poses a "serious threat" in the state.

Thousands have been infected across the globe, including four detected cases in Australia.

When his condition worsened, his family contacted the hospital and took him there yesterday where he remains in isolation with pneumonia-like symptoms.

All passengers from the man's flight would be contacted as a precaution.

At this stage there is little known about the incubation periods of the virus, she said, so it is unclear when he would have contracted the virus.



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