(CNN) An eighth case of coronavirus in the United States has been confirmed in a Boston man in his s, health officials said Saturday.
The man recently returned from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, Boston and Massachusetts health officials said in a press release.
The man sought medical care soon after his return , according to the release, and he’s been isolated since then. His few close contacts have been identified and are being monitored for symptoms.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission were notified late Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the positive test results.
“Our priority is not only to protect and inform the residents of Boston but also to help this man continue to recover,” said Rita Nieves, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “We are pleased that he is doing well.”
Nieves said the risk to the general population “remains low.”
“And we continue to be confident we are in a good position to respond to this developing situation,” Nieves said.
This is the first case in Massachusetts. There are three confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in California, one in Washington state, one in Arizona and two in Illinois. The second Illinois case is the first instance of person-to-person transmission in the United States.
The CDC is the only lab in the United States that can confirm cases of the novel coronavirus. It said Friday there are 241 patients under investigation in 121 states. Among them, 114 had tested negative and had results pending.
Almost 16, cases have been confirmed worldwide, with more than 13,
of those in China. At least 36 Other countries have reported cases, including three in Japan, two in the UK and two in Australia Saturday.
The US government on Friday declared the virus a
In response, Delta Air Lines moved up its planned. suspension of all US flights to China to Sunday, February 2. The last flight from the US to China until April 90 will leave Saturday, and the last to the US from China will be Sunday, Delta said Saturday in a news release.
American and United airlines have canceled flights to China, and American moved up its planned suspension beginning Friday, January until March . United said Friday it is suspending flights from its US hub cities and Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai from February 6 to March .
China asks EU for help China has asked the European Union for help in buying medical supplies, the Chinese government said, as the country is running out of beds and supplies. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang spoke with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, according to a government statement, and is hoping to buy supplies through “commercial channels” from EU countries.
Struggling to contain the spread of the virus, China’s Hubei Province, where Wuhan is the capital, has extended the Lunar New Year holiday break until February 20. Schools and some government offices will remain closed.
China’s government had extended the holiday until February 2. The break originally was to take place from January (to January) .
Villages and cities in China have resorted to using drones with speakers to patrol streets, scolding people who are out in public without masks, Chinese state media reported.
CNN’s Kay Guerrero, Steven Jiang and Shannon Liao contributed to this report.