Cases of Coronavirus in the United States

Cases of Coronavirus in the United States

China expanded drastic travel restrictions today and prolonged a public holiday to contain an epidemic that has killed 56 people and infected almost 2,000, as several countries prepared to evacuate their citizens from a quarantined city at the outbreak's epicentre.

Health officials are working closely with state and local public health authorities in the affected states - Arizona, California, Illinois, and Washington - to identify potential cases early and make sure patients get the best and most appropriate care. There are 5 confirmed cases total in the United States - Arizona, California, Washington State, and IL.

Guidance from the CDC advises that people who have had casual contact with the patient are at "minimal risk" for developing infection.

China said Monday it has extended the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday by three days until next Sunday in a bid to contain a new coronavirus that has stricken thousands in the country and spread overseas.

The United States and France were among a host of countries making arrangements to get their citizens out of Wuhan, a major industrial and transport hub of 11 million people. Clinical specimens were collected and sent to CDC, where laboratory testing confirmed the infection.

"We want to be evacuated as soon as possible, because either the virus, the hunger or the fear will kill us", Mashal Jamalzai, a political science student from Afghanistan at Central China Normal University, told AFP.

Singapore and South Korea each reported one new case Sunday, while Thailand reported three new cases. Taiwan confirmed a fourth case of a woman who had visited Wuhan during the New Year's holiday and then traveled in Europe before being diagnosed on her return on January 25.

Messonnier was asked to respond to news reports in which Chinese health officials claimed the new coronavirus couldbe transmitted person-to-person before symptoms had emerged.

Stocks tumbled on Monday as investors grew increasingly anxious about the economic impact of China's spreading virus outbreak, with demand spiking for safe-haven assets such as the Japanese yen and Treasury notes.

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, also promised to subsidise face masks and other related items, while its Alibaba Health subsidiary said it would offer non-stop delivery services during the New Year holiday.

"They remind us that the global nature of travels exempts no country from infectious disease spread". "We need to be preparing as if this is a pandemic, but I continue to hope that it is not".

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