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China's Hubei to ensure medium-to-long term materials reserves -local paper

BEIJING, Jan 25 (Reuters) - China's central province Hubei, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, will ensure supplies of emergency materials and medium-to-long term reserves, the government-backed newspaper reported on Saturday, citing a provincial party leader.

The move comes amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus which has killed 41 and infected more than 1,300 globally.

The province plans to build two designated hospitals with a combined 2,300 beds, to treat coronavirus patients. (Reporting by Muyu Xu, Judy Hua and Tony Munroe; editing by David Evans)