A second diagnosis of the new SARS-like coronavirus has been confirmed in France, the Health Ministry said, in what appeared to be a case of human-to-human transmission.
The new infection was found in a 50-year-old man who had shared a hospital room with France's only other known sufferer, the ministry added.
"Of most concern," said a World Health Organisation statement, "is the fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact this novel coronavirus can transmit from person-to-person."
At least 18 people are known to have died from the disease in the Middle East and Europe.
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