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Coronavirus outbreak 'getting bigger', says WHO, warning of spread worldwide

Reuters Friday, 28 February 2020
The rapid rise in coronavirus raised fears of a pandemic on Friday, with five countries reporting their first cases, the World Health Organization warning it could spread worldwide and Switzerland cancelling the giant Geneva car show.
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