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A worker takes the body temperature of a passenger before she enters the subway station outside the Beijing Railway Station in central Beijing. -Reuters

GEORGETOWN: The Foreign Ministry has not received any reports involving Malaysians in China contracting the novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV).

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya, however, urged Malaysians in the Chinese city of Wuhan to report themselves with the Malaysian Embassy in China.

He said there are currently less than 100 Malaysians comprising expatriates and students in China.

"As of today, we did not receive any reports of Malaysians infected with the virus there," he told reporters after attending the Chinese New Celebration at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre, here, today.

Reuters reported that the death toll from China’s coronavirus outbreak rose on Saturday to 41 from 26 a day earlier.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya speaks to reporters after attending the Chinese New Year Open House hosted by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Bayan Lepas. - NSTP/Danial Saad

Apart from Wuhan, which is the epicentre of the virus, Chinese officials have placed at least 12 other cities on lockdown to contain the spread of 2019-nCOV.

At a press conference in Putrajaya earlier today, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad confirmed three coronavirus cases involving Chinese nationals from Wuhan.

The trio is relatives of a 66-year-old coronavirus patient from Wuhan who is currently being treated in Singapore.

The three are in stable condition and placed in isolation for closer monitoring at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Although the World Health Organization (WHO) which recently convened an Emergency Committee in Geneva declined to designate the virus as a global health emergency, Malaysia has taken strict actions to reduce the spread of the virus.

This including the cancellation of all flights arriving and flying to Wuhan.

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