FDA Extends coronavirus tests in the United States

FDA Extends coronavirus tests in the United States

Forty-seven more people have died of the deadly coronavirus, raising the death toll in the country to 2,835 while the number of confirmed cases climbed to 79,251, Chinese health officials said on Saturday. In an update, World Health Organization has raised its risk assessment of the deadly disease from "high" to "very high". In the USA, the CDC has reported 15 confirmed cases through public health laboratories, plus 47 in repatriated citizens; the total number of people tested is low, at fewer than 500. Hospitals all across the country are in the process of assessing what additional resources they have to contain the virus in case of a widespread outbreak. Officials have anxious the disease could spread widely in countries with weaker public health systems, specifically in Africa and Latin America.

The virus, though slowing down its virulence, continued to affect more people as another 248 new suspected cases were reported taking the total to 1,418 people. Several lawmakers and health leaders in California have made public requests for more tests to confirm cases more quickly.

However, it would be a "big mistake" to switch from a public health strategy of containment to mitigation, where authorities accept the coronavirus is spreading, WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

The first group includes people who have recently traveled to and from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan and have fever and acute upper respiratory infections.

"We are preparing for the worst", he said.

The Washington State Department of Health and health officials from Seattle and King County said they would offer more details on the first USA death related to coronavirus at a news conference.

"We're on the highest level of alert and risk assessment in terms of spread and impact, but that's not to alarm and scare people", he said.

COVID-19 is transmitted through droplets and fomites during close unprotected contact with those who are infected with the virus.

She added that the state is actively in communication with anyone who may have come into contact with this patient, but stressed that risk for the general Solano County population and other California residents is still low.

According to the Centers for Disease Control more than 60 people are infected with the disease in the United States, the majority of them in California. Trump's number seems to exclude cases of Americans repatriated from China or evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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