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DW News 18 Feb 2020

Hong Kongers fear coronavirus could spread through pipes


Another doctor in China has died after contracting the new coronavirus in Wuhan, which is the epicenter of the outbreak. The doctor's death comes as health officials in China publish details of a study into 70-thousand cases of the virus. The report suggests that the number of new infections is falling. So far the virus has killed just over two percent of those infected, with older people and those with existing conditions more likely to die. But Beijing warns that could change when people start returning to daily life. The death rate is lower than for previous coronaviruses such as SARS. A SARS outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003 killed around 300 people. DW correspondent Charlotte Chelsom-Pill reports from the territory on how many Hong Kongers fear history could repeat itself as the new coronavirus spreads.

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Many U.S. citizens abroad would get no public support if they lost their jobs, and some could even be forced to go back to a country where nothing is waiting for them. CBS News' Haley Ott has more from London.
A top health expert told the White House the virus can be spread via aerosolized droplets created by talking or breathing.
Infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner says that coronavirus could widely spread throughout the US as it has been confirmed in three more west coast communities.

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