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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Two people who were infected with the new strain of coronavirus in Spain and the United Kingdom have turned out to be connected to a group of UK nationals that were earlier infected with the virus in France, the French Health Ministry said.

    "Today, we have learned about another two cases that are tied to that cluster. Two adults, one diagnosed in the United Kingdom, and the other one on Majorca, are linked to a stay in Les Contamines-Montjoie", Director General of Health Jerome Salomon said.

    On Saturday, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn announced five new coronavirus cases in France, four adults, and one child. Specialists have discovered a cluster of cases with a UK citizen arriving at a ski resort in the French commune of Les Contamines-Montjoie after visiting Singapore and infecting four UK citizens who shared a cottage with him.

    Currently, France has 11 cases of coronavirus.

    On 31 December, the Chinese authorities reported an outbreak of pneumonia of an unknown origin in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province. The cause was later determined to be a new type of coronavirus, designated as 2019-nCoV by specialists. The symptoms of the new coronavirus are typical of the common cold or flu: fever, coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing.

    The number of people who have died from the coronavirus in China has risen to 908, over 40,000 have been infected, the regional health committee reported on Sunday. Some 1,795 patients have been discharged from hospitals.

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