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China reports fourth virus death and confirms human transmission

Illness reaches South Korea as Philippines investigates suspected case

Medical staff carry a box for a hospital in Wuhan, China, where patients are being treated for pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- The outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has claimed its fourth life, extended its reach within the country and spread to a fourth Asian nation, while a top health official confirmed human-to-human transmission.

Chinese health authorities announced on Tuesday that an 89-year-old man had died, marking the fourth confirmed death.

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