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LEAD: Global SARS fatality tops 100, infection 2,700: WHO.

GENEVA, April 8 Kyodo

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday the worldwide death toll from contagious pneumonia has risen to 103 with infections reported in 19 countries and regions.

The WHO said the cumulative number of reported cases of infection from the disease, or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), stood at 2,671 as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for nearly 80% of the total fatalities, 53 in China and 25 in Hong Kong.

The WHO on April 2 issued an advisory urging travelers to postpone nonessential trips to Hong Kong and China's Guangdong Province, where most of the deaths and infections are reported.

China reported 1,279 cases of infection and Hong Kong 928.

Among other countries with high infection figures, Singapore reported 113 infections and eight deaths, Canada 91 infections and 10 deaths, and Vietnam 62 infections and four deaths.

There are 148 suspected SARS patients in the United States, the WHO said.
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