Cases of new virus in China top its total for SARS

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A man wearing a face mask stands near a banner reading “defeat the epidemic” stretched across the entrance to Donggouhe village in northern China’s Hebei Province, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. With barricades and wary guardians, villages on the outskirts of Beijing are closing themselves off to outsiders to ward against infection amid the outbreak of a new type of virus. (AP Photo)

BEIJING (AP) — China, with 5,974 cases of a new virus, has more infections than it did in with SARS, though the death toll is still lower. China had 5,327 cases of SARS in the 2002-2003 outbreak.

China reported another large jump in cases Wednesday and a rise in the death toll to 132. That compares to 348 people killed in China during SARS. Severe acute respiratory syndrome killed nearly 800 people worldwide.

Scientists say there are still many critical questions to be answered about the new virus, including just how transmissible and severe it is. More than 50 cases have been reported outside China.

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