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Belgium confirms first case of coronavirus

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Chinese people wear masks in the street in Beijing, China, 21 January 2020. More cases of the mysterious SARS-like virus linked to the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak were reported in China on 20 January 2020, bringing the total number of cases to more than 200 with three deaths so far.

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A Belgian person has tested positive for the coronavirus, the country’s health officials said today. The person is the country’s first case of coronavirus, and is one of nine repatriated from the epicenter, Wuhan in China.
Eight of them tested negative in a series of test in the capital, Brussels. No details were given about the person who tested positive, but officials said they were in good health and were not showing any symptoms of the virus at the time of the tests.
The announcement comes as the death toll from the outbreak rose to 426. The first two deaths outside China were declared in the Philippines and in Hong Kong.
In Europe, France, Germany, Finland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK, all have confirmed cases of the virus.

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