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China’s Mystery Pneumonia Cases Linked to Novel Coronavirus

  • Further research is needed to identify pathogen, CCTV says
  • Eight patients in Wuhan have been discharged from hospital
Public health officials run thermal scans on passengers arriving from Wuhan, China at Suvarnabumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan 8. 

Public health officials run thermal scans on passengers arriving from Wuhan, China at Suvarnabumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan 8. 

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A mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has sickened dozens in central China is linked to a previously unidentified coronavirus, China Central Television said.

Further research is needed on the virus, which is different to the coronavirus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, CCTV said, citing scientists’ early findings. The World Health Organization said earlier Thursday a novel virus may be the cause of the outbreak in Wuhan.