China mystery virus claims sixth victim as holiday travel stokes risk

The death toll from a mysterious flu-like virus in China climbed to six on Jan. 21 as new cases surged beyond 300 and authorities fretted about the added risk from millions of Chinese travelling for the Lunar New Year holiday.    

Round the world, airports tightened screening of travellers from China as officials confirmed the coronavirus strain is contagious between humans.    

China reports 2nd death from virus behind pneumonia outbreak

A second person has died from a new coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of pneumonia in central China, health authorities said.

A 69-year-old man surnamed Xiong fell ill with the respiratory condition on Dec. 31, according to a statement late on Jan. 16 from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. He died on Jan. 15.

Jankovic ousted in Wuhan

WUHAN - Serbia's Jelena Jankovic has been ousted from the WTA tennis tournament in Wuhan, China, after losing to Czech Barbora Strycova 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the round of last 16 early Thursday.

Strycova came from a set behind to win the match after nearly two and a half hours of play.

The prize money in Wuhan is 2,589,000 dollars.

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