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Coronavirus

Beijing urges calm over mysterious virus ahead of Lunar New Year

Business continues normally, as other governments in Asia raise alerts

HONG KONG -- As Beijing rushes to identify the cause of a mysterious illness that has sickened dozens of people in central China, some people in the city of Wuhan, where the unknown form of pneumonia originated, and elsewhere in the country are going about business as usual.

At domestic train stations and airports, there so far appear to be no additional health inspection measures taking place ahead of Lunar New Year, the country's peak travel period, during which hundreds of millions of city workers return to their hometowns for family gatherings. Wuhan, with a population of roughly 11 million, is at the heart of China's high-speed railway network, serving as a transit hub for cross-province journeys.

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