WASHINGTON (AP) – A new coronavirus outbreak that began in China on Easter Sunday and spread across Southeast Asia has killed at least 12 people and sickened at least 150 others.
The Associated Press is not identifying the victims of the outbreak.
The outbreak has killed nearly 3,000 people in Southeast Asia, mostly in China, Vietnam and Malaysia.
In Southeast Asia alone, more than 200,000 have been infected.
The U.S. has recorded at least 3,066 deaths and more than 7,300 infections from the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The number of deaths is likely to rise as the number of people infected and tested grows.
The new outbreak has been the deadliest since the first pandemic of the 1930s.
Since then, many nations have been able to control the virus and the number and types of cases has been falling.
China is the world’s largest exporter of peanuts, making it one of the biggest recipients of the virus.
The outbreak in China is the second deadliest outbreak in the country since the 1940s, the CDC said in a statement Monday.
The coronaviruses virus causes inflammation of the lining of the blood vessels and can cause a range of serious health problems, including heart attacks, strokes, liver damage and other health problems.
The virus was first identified in China in the early 1980s.
China is now home to the worlds largest market for peanuts.
The World Health Organization on Monday said it had reported more than 1,000 cases of the coronaviral virus in China and at least 6,600 cases of respiratory infections, most of them in Beijing.
It did not say how many infections have been confirmed in Beijing, but China has long had the largest population of people in China.
In Malaysia, where the coronacovirus was first discovered, more people are dying of the disease than in any other country, according the Malaysian Health Ministry.
The disease is spreading rapidly.