World • 24 January, 2020

China virus: death toll climbs to 26 and 830 infected

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China has widened a lockdown in Hubei province - the centre of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll climbed to 26, BBC reports.

At least 10 cities in the central Chinese province, which has a population of 60 million, have travel restrictions in force.

On Thursday, a coronavirus patient died in nearby Hebei province - making it the first death outside Hubei.

Another death was later confirmed in the remote province of Heilongjiang.

The north-eastern area borders Russia and is more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Wuhan.

Nationally, there are currently 830 confirmed cases of patients infected with the virus.

The lockdown comes on the eve of Lunar New Year - one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar, when millions of people travel home.

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