The death toll resulting from the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, increased to 56, China announced Sunday. Among the 15 most recent deaths was the first fatality from the outbreak in Shanghai. Meanwhile, 688 new cases of the respiratory virus were reported across China on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,975. A third case was confirmed in the United States, after a person in Orange County, California, tested positive. The patient is reportedly in "good condition." China's National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei said Sunday the coronavirus is "much more" contagious than originally thought. At the same time, public health officials urged calm as the central government announced it is taking the reins from local officials in the province of Hubei, where Wuhan is located.
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