Many airports have introduced screening measures on inbound flights from China [Carlos Jasso/Reuters]

A new strain of coronavirus is spreading around the world after contaminating food at a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

In China, 41 people have died and 1,287 cases have been recorded on the mainland as the country steps up its response to the crisis by restricting transport and closing tourist sites.

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Cases have also been confirmed in France, the United States and several Asian countries, stoking fears of a global pandemic as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged that the respiratory illness is an emergency in China but said it is too early

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