SARS-like virus spreads in China, reaches third Asian...

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A British tourist fighting for his life in Thailand is feared to be the first Western victim of the coronavirus sweeping across China.

Ash Shorley, 32, is in critical condition in a hospital in Phuket after being struck down with the pneumonia-like lung infection while visiting Koh Phi Phi island.

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Mr Shorley had to be transported to hospital via a specialised seaplane because his collapsing organs could not cope with high altitude travel.

Doctors said his symptoms were consistent with the Chinese coronavirus which has killed three people and infected an estimated 1,700 since December.

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Mr Shorley's parents Chris and Julie, from Thornton, Lancashire, have flown out to be by their son's bedside.

His father, 55, told The Sun: 'He was two days from death. If he wasn’t so fit, he wouldn’t be with us now. We are now waiting on tests. It is very serious.'

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The coronavirus ravaging China has so far killed three people in the city of Wuhan, where the new strain was first discovered.

There were 48 confirmed cases on Friday, but hundreds of fresh infections were reported over the weekend, bringing the total number to more than 200.

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However there is growing fears that Chinese authorities are hiding the true scale of the outbreak.

A statistical analysis from Imperial College London estimated on Friday the true number of infections was probably around 1,700.

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South Korea confirmed its first case on Monday after a a 35-year-old woman arriving at Seoul’s Incheon airport tested positive for the virus. She had been in Wuhan last week.

The cases brings the number of countries with confirmed cases to four. Last week, one was confirmed in Japan and two in Thailand, all of whom had recently visited Wuhan.

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Since two cases have been identified outside the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) has...
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