Beijing/Shanghai — The US and Japan flew citizens out of the Chinese city at the epicentre of a new virus outbreak on Wednesday, as the death toll rose sharply to 132 and the first case appeared in the Middle East.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is confident in China’s ability to contain the coronavirus, but concern is mounting as health authorities reported that the number of confirmed cases had jumped by 1,459 to 5,974...

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