January 19, 2020 / 11:47 PM / a month ago

China confirms 139 new cases of pneumonia over weekend, virus spreads to new cities

SHANGHAI, Jan 20 (Reuters) - China on Monday reported 139 new cases of pneumonia over the weekend, caused by the outbreak of a new coronavirus strain that medical experts are still struggling to understand.

Beijing’s Daxing health commission confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, while Guangdong Province’s health commission confirmed one case, marking the first instances of the illness spreading beyond Wuhan, the city where cases were first discovered.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement that 136 cases of coronavirus emerged in the city on Saturday and Sunday.

Reporting by Winni Zhou and Josh Horwitz; Editing by Peter Cooney

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