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U.S. may stage additional evacuation flights in China's virus-hit Wuhan on Feb. 6

BEIJING, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of State said it may be staging additional evacuation flights for private U.S. citizens in China's virus-hit Wuhan on Thursday.

Wuhan, a central Chinese city where the new coronavirus is believed to have originated, reported 49 new deaths on Tuesday, up from 48 on Monday.

A total of 362 people in Wuhan have now died from the virus.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo Editing by Chris Reese)