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25 new deaths in China

A man wears a protective mask to help stop the spread of a deadly virus, as he walks in a near-empty area of Sanlitun in Beijing on Tuesday. (AFP photo)

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The number of confirmed deaths from China's viral outbreak has risen to 131.

Authorities in central Hubei province on Wednesday reporting 25 new fatalities and 840 new cases.

The latest figures from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at more than 5,300, based on figures previously released by the central government.

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