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China's Wuhan blocks travel as virus deaths hit 17

WHO postpones decision on declaring 'global health emergency'

Passengers crowd a railway station in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei Province. All of the city's public transportation will be suspended starting Thursday.     © Reuters

BEIJING/NEW YORK -- The Chinese city of Wuhan has shut down transit heading outbound and within its borders, as the death toll from a new respiratory virus originating there climbed to 17 people as of Wednesday, up from the nine fatalities previously reported.

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