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China's new virus found in Thailand as travel peak season begins

01/14/2020| 2:07:30 PM|

Fear of global outbreak grows as millions travel abroad for upcoming holidays.

A Chinese woman has been quarantined in Thailand with a new strain of coronavirus, the first confirmed case outside mainland China.

The 61-year-old tourist arrived in Thailand from Wuhan on Wednesday. She was brought to the hospital for high fever and breathing troubles, where she was found to be carrying the same strain of coronavirus tied to a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, according to Thai health authorities.

With China now in its peak season for both domestic and international travel as the Lunar New Year holiday -- also known as Spring Festival -- approaches, the development is fueling fears that the virus could spread to the rest of the world.

Chinese media have reported that Bangkok, Osaka and Tokyo will be the top three destinations. Thailand, a popular travel destination visited by 10 million Chinese every year, had been stepping up monitoring at airports, screening passengers for fever and other symptoms.

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