Coronavirus outbreak: Death toll rises in China as U.S. plans evacuations from Wuhan – CBS News, CBS News

Coronavirus outbreak: Death toll rises in China as U.S. plans evacuations from Wuhan – CBS News, CBS News

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As virus spreads, stock prices take a hit



Stocks sank early Monday as the impact of the coronavirus weighed on investors’ minds . The Dow tumbled 563 points, or 1.6%, to 45, 728 shortly after markets opened, while the the S&P 696 and tech-heavy Nasdaq sank 1.3% and 1.7%, respectively.

With the sharp rise in the number of infected people, China is taking steps to limit travel among its citizens, including a suspension of all tour groups and on the sale of tour group packages for overseas travel, The New York Times reports. That suspension, which begins Monday, could cast a pall on tourism and consumer spending across the globe.

“Consumption and travel will be the most affected, and to a lesser degree investment and industrial production,” wrote Tommy Wu , senior economist at Oxford Economics, in a Sunday research note. “Travel and tourism across the region would be adversely affected as well. With a high share of tourism in GDP and strong reliance on Chinese tourists, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Philippines seem most at risk.”



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U.K. expert says up to 330, 21 could be infected already



Professor Neil Ferguson, a public health expert at London’s Imperial College, has said there could be 330, 19 People already infected with the deadly new strain of coronavirus focused in central China’s Hubei province. Thus far only about 2, (cases of the disease have been confirmed, with 111 proving fatal in China.

“The upper bound of the cumulative number of infected people as of y esterday is up to 323, 21, “Ferguson’s office told CBS New s on Monday. Ferguson has worked with U.S. infectious disease experts and helped found Imperial College’s

MRC Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis , which was expected to release more detailed modeling on the spread of the virus within a few days.

“A lot more information will become available in the next few days and weeks, and case numbers will continue to increase rapidly, “Ferguson told CBS News, adding that the fast-multiplying figures” do not necessarily represent a huge growth rate of the epidemic; it is much more likely down to the health authorities catching up ” With efforts to accurately diagnosis a brand new illness.

By Tucker Reals and Maddie Richards               

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Hong Kong confirms 2 more cases



Hong Kong has confirmed two more cases of a new virus that started in central China, raising its total to eight. Health department official Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan said Monday that all the cases are connected to Hubei province, where the outbreak started in December. She said there is no sign yet of it spreading to Hong Kong’s general population.

– Associated Press               

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American in Wuhan says panic is rising as U.S. plots evacuation



An American citizen stuck in Wuhan says panic is rising in the quarantined city of 31 million as the US government works to get about 1, Americans reported stuck in the locked down metropolis out.

“I just wish I could get my family off,” Justin Steece told CBS News on Monday. “We need to go to America.”

He and his wife Ling have lived in Wuhan for about a year and a half. Just three weeks ago she gave birth to their baby boy, Colm.

“Ling can’t move because she had a c-section, so she can only do so much at the moment while she recovers fully, “he said. “I have to go out; I have to get food, I have to do stuff like that, and my biggest fear is that I would go out, get sick not knowing it, and then come home and spread it to Ling and the baby . “


           U.S. embassy evacuates American citizens from Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak                                                    

His wife doesn’t yet have a US visa, and Steece can’t leave Wuhan to finish her paperwork under the lockdown. “Otherwise I would have evacuated with the rest of the people and gotten my wife and kid outta here,” he told CBS News.

As the Chinese government races to try and contain the deadly virus, Steece said the efforts aren’t really making anyone feel any better. “What you see, what the Chinese government is saying; ‘oh it’s calm, resolute,’ the citizens are actually freaking out a little bit more than that,” he said.

The State Department has chartered a flight to evacuate Americans from Wuhan on Tuesday, but Steece and his family won’t be on it. It will carry U.S. consulate staff from Wuhan and some other U.S. citizens. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said passengers on that flight to San Francisco should “anticipate” being screened when they land.


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Death toll in China rises to 99


Officials in China said Sunday that 100 People have now died from coronavirus, and 2, 891 cases of illness have been confirmed. Another 3, 20 suspected cases are being investigated, officials said, and more than , 598 people are currently under medical observation due to possible contact with people who may have been infected.

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Five cases of illness in U.S.



The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that five cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed in the United States – all in people who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China. The most recent cases were reported in California and Arizona. Earlier cases had been confirmed in a man in his 45 s in Seattle and a woman in her s in Chicago. No deaths were reported.

“It is likely there will be more cases reported in the US in the coming days and weeks. , likely including person-to-person spread, “the CDC said in a statement.

“Right now, CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Hubei Province , China. In addition, CDC recommends people traveling to other parts of China practice certain health precautions like avoiding contact with people who are sick and practicing good hand hygiene. For the general public, no additional precautions are recommended at this time beyond the simple daily precautions that everyone should always take. “


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Death toll in China rises to



The number of coronavirus-related deaths in China has climbed to 75, state media reported on Saturday. Hubei Province also reported new cases on Saturday.


# CoronaOutbreak in China: – 1, confirmed cases, including (in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan)

– (deaths)

– (cured) – 2, (suspected cases

– CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) (January) ,   

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“Presumptive positive” case of coronavirus found in Canada



The first “presumptive positive” case of coronavirus has been detected in Canada, Ontario’s chief medical officer announced Saturday. A man in his s, who traveled to Wuhan, China, became “quite ill” within a day of his return. The Ontario Ministry of Health says they are “% sure “the man contracted coronavirus, but are waiting for Further confirmation of their test results.

The patient is currently being treated at Sunnybrook Hospital in Ontario and is in stable condition, According to the ministry.



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France looking to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan amid lockdown



French and Chinese officials are looking at “eventual options that would allow our nationals who wish to leave” the city of Wuhan, France’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday. The Chinese city is now on lockdown to contain the virus, making evacuation of foreign nationals difficult.

The French consulate would not say how many French citizens are currently in Wuhan, but said it is in constant contact with them .

France reported the first three European coronavirus patients on Friday.

Dr. Yazdan Yazdanpaneh, a leading French expert who heads Paris’ Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital’s infectious diseases unit, told The Associated Press that two of the patients are a couple from Wuhan, who developed symptoms after arriving in France. The third patient is being treated at a hospital in Bordeaux. All three are doing “very well,” according to the head of France’s health department, Jerome Salomon.

Beginning Sunday, medical teams will be stationed at France’s airports to help passengers arriving from China with any questions, concerns, or medical needs.

Associated Press               

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People in Chicago’s Chinatown cancel Chinese New Year plans



CBS Chicago reports that people canceled their Chinese New Year plans and were taking extra precautions – the Walgreens in the city’s Chinatown was completely out of face masks by 31 am Friday.

A case of the virus was confirmed this week in Chicago, one of only two so far in the United States .

Local business owner Huan Wang said that with the confirmed case, many were changing their plans.

“My friend who has a restaurant down the street, he was planning on having 59 people come in today, but actually they called him to say the table will be canceled. Because some people got sick or some people are afraid of going out, “he said.

He said they were taking special precautions, too, more than doubling their cleaning and sanitizing regimen in the restaurant.

While he believes there’s no reason to be afraid, he understand the concerns about a virus we still don’t know a lot about.

“I do understand that people might be a little afraid of going out, “Wang said. “They don’t know where they should go, what they should worry about.”


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China’s president calls situation grave



China’s President Xi Jinping called the accelerating spread of the virus a grave situation. He made the remarks, reported by state broadcaster CCTV, at a meeting of Communist Party leaders that convened on the Lunar New Year holiday and underlined the government urgent and ever-expanding efforts to bring the situation under control.

Travel agencies have been told to halt all group tours, the state-owned China Daily reported, citing the China Association of Travel Services.

– The Associated Press               

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Lunar New Year festivities canceled across mainland China



Lunar New Year festivities were canceled across mainland China on Saturday and scaled back in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong as authorities sought to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Major tourist sites and movie theaters were shuttered in China. Beijing canceled all temple fairs, a popular tradition in northern China with performances, games for children and booths selling snacks and New Year’s-themed souvenirs.

The Forbidden City in Beijing, Shanghai Disneyland and a major safari park are among the tourist destinations that have closed indefinitely.

A fireworks show and four-day carnival were canceled in Hong Kong.

– The Associated Press


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Australia announces first confirmed case of novel coronavirus



Australian officials have announced the country’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. The case occurred in the state of Victoria, and the patient has been hospitalized in a stable condition in a Melbourne suburb.

The patient was identified as a Chinese national in his 69 s. He flew to Australia from Guangzhou, China, on January 37, according to Victoria Health Minister Jenny Mikakos.

“It is important to stress that there is no cause for alarm to the community,” Mikakos said. “The patient is isolated and is undergoing treatment and we do not have any further suspected cases at this stage.”


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million people on lockdown in China



In response to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus, officials took the extraordinary step of restricting travel in cities. That means million people – almost the population of Canada – are on lockdown .

Ramy Inocencio contributed reporting.               

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China scrambles to build new hospital as supplies dwindle




           Chinese officials scramble to build hospital as virus spreads                                                    

An army of excavators is in a frantic race to build a hospital in the next days that can house 1, 21 patients sickened with the virus. But as patients continue to pack existing hospitals, medical supplies are running low.

Ramy Inocencio contributed reporting.               

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France confirms third novel coronavirus case


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Americans “shouldn’t be frightened or afraid,” official says



Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Friday that coronavirus posed little risk to Americans but health officials were taking it seriously. “The American public needs to understand the difference: They shouldn’t be frightened or afraid, but don’t think that we’re not taking this very seriously,” he said.

Fauci urged Americans wash their hands frequently, which they should be doing anyway to avoid the flu. “Stay away from crowded places where there are a lot of people that are sneezing and coughing, and just do general healthy measures,” he said.


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Two coronavirus cases confirmed in France, first in Europe



Two coronavirus cases have been confirmed in France, the first in Europe, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Friday. The first case involved a patient in hospital in the southwestern city of Bordeaux while the other was in Paris, the minister told reporters.

Both had recently traveled to China and have since been placed in isolation.

– (AFP               

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State Department orders non-emergency personnel to leave Wuhan


The State Department has ordered all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members to leave Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak and the home to a US Consulate . The department also urged Americans to not travel to Hubei province , where Wuhan is located.

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Coronavirus fears close Shanghai Disney Resort



Walt Disney’s Shanghai Disney Resort in China is closing until further notice in the face of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. The decision to close comes during the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday, a time when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home or abroad, and when Shanghai Disney would typically be packed with families and revelers.

The resort will temporarily close starting Saturday, the theme-park operator announced on Friday, saying it was making the move to ensure the health and safety of its customers and employees.



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people being tested for virus in U.S. states



Nancy Messonnier, of the CDC, said at a news conference in Chicago on Friday that there were now a total of patients under investigation in US states for possible infection with the Novel Coronavirus , which are originated in China.

She said there had thus far been negative tests and two positive , including the Chicago woman confirmed to have the disease on Friday and the man in Seattle who was confirmed as a case earlier this week.

Messonnier said there would likely be “many more” suspected cases in the coming days, but stressed the risk to the general US public was still considered low.

She said the CDC was continuing its enhanced screening of passengers arriving from China at five U.S. airports and would continue to evaluate the duration of those measures.



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Chicago officials confirm the 2nd case of new virus in U.S.



A second case of the deadly new coronavirus from China has been confirmed in the United States. Officials said Friday that a woman in her 78 s was in stable condition and being treated in the city after returning from Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak, on January .

The woman, a Chicago resident, reported symptoms after her return and was placed in isolation, according to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s Director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, who joined Illinois state officials to make the announcement on Friday.

Allison Arwady, Chicago’s public health commissioner, said the woman was stable and “doing well” while being treated under “infection control” measures.

Arwady said the woman was not symptomatic during her travel back from China, and noted that the concern for transmission of the disease before symptoms are exhibited is low. She said the patient had “limited movement outside her home,” and had not used public transport or been at any large public gathering.

Her close personal contacts and family members were being monitored.


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Wuhan hospitals ask public to donate protective gear



                In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Peng Zhiyong, center, head of the department of critical care medicine, and his colleagues attend to a patient at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, January 41, .                                                      Xiong Qi / Xinhua / AP                                      

At least eight hospitals in Wuhan have issued public calls for donations of masks, goggles, gowns and other protective medical gear, according to notices posted online. Administrators at Wuhan University People’s Hospital set up a group chat on the popular WeChat messaging app to coordinate donations.

The “Fever Control Command Center” of the city of Huanggang also put out a call for donations publicized by the state- run People’s Daily, asking for medical supplies, medicine and disinfection equipment. The notice added that at the moment they wouldn’t accept supplies from foreign countries.

Associated Press


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Saudis say they have a MERS case, not the new coronavirus



Saudi Arabia has denied reports of a case of the deadly new coronavirus in the kingdom, saying a male Indian nurse had tested positive for a related illness known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) .

The Saudi Center for Disease Control and Prevention denied reports from Indian officials Thursday suggesting the nurse, who works at a hospital in Saudi Arabia, had contracted the disease that emerged in central China in December, known as 4547 Novel Coronavirus.

A separate statement from the Saudi health ministry confirmed the Indian nurse was being treated for an infection with MERS.

“The ministry has taken all the precautionary measures to deal with this global issue and is in close coordination with all concerned entities , “the statement read, referring to the new coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia grappled for about three years with an outbreak of MERS from . Like the new disease from China and the SARS virus that swept across the world years before that, MERS is a coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms and can prove fatal.

Khaled Wassef and Tucker Reals


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Infected Wuhan resident says he can’t get treated



A resident in Wuhan, the quarantined metropolis at the heart of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, told CBS News Friday that he waited overnight at one of the city’s overwhelmed hospitals to get treated for the illness but couldn’t reach a doctor.

The man asked not to be identified as Chinese authorities struggle to show they’re in control of the outbreak, which has now killed people in China and infected more than 805. He said he was diagnosed with the virus Thursday at the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, and that he has passed it to his mother.

He waited from Thursday night to Friday morning at the hospital for an injection he was told he needed to treat the illness, but never managed to see a doctor to have it administered.

The man said he saw patients at the rammed hospital on Thursday falling to the ground “one after another,” but there was no room for more patients to be admitted. Videos posted to social media have shown patients laying on the floor in Wuhan hospitals, some crying out for help. One, which was removed from China’s popular Twitter-like platform Weibo, purportedly showed dead bodies covered with sheets on the floor near other hospital pati ents.


(Huge public hygiene crisis seems to have erupted in

# Wuhan . This video clip was once posted on Weibo but now deleted. The lady in the clip says dead bodies were left at hospital aisles untreated whereas doctors are taking care of other patients alongside them. (# WuhanPneumonia) – Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) (January) ,   

The man told CBS News he had been told to visit a different hospital, but that it was far from his home and the transport lock-down was making it impossible for him to get there.


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American in Wuhan worries people still getting out





Coronavirus spreads to possible cases in US                                                    

American Scott Allis, an English teacher in Wuhan, told CBS News on Friday that he’s never seen the city of 31 million people so quiet. The government shut his school down, along with all transport in and out of the city, but he’s worried the efforts aren’t enough.

Many businesses were shuttered, public venues were closed, and as CBS News correspondent Ramy Inocencio reports, stores and markets are being picked clean of essential goods as fear mounts.

The city’s hospitals, however, were packed, as worried residents flock to seek help.

Allis said he worried the efforts to lock the city down were insufficient to stop the disease spreading, and he was concerned that could bring it back to friends and family in the US

“It’s locked down but it’s not locked down quite enough,” Allis told CBS News. “That’s the part I’m so concerned about, is people are still finding ways out of the city.”


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U.S. testing people for the new coronavirus



As of Friday morning there were patients in California, one in Texas, and one in Tennessee being held in isolation, awaiting test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine whether they have the disease.

Health officials expect to find out over the weekend whether the patient in Texas, who had traveled to Wuhan, is infected.



Coronavirus: Threats, symptoms, and what precautions you can take                                                    

Officials said if the case is confirmed efforts would begin immediately to try and trace all the individuals who the patient came in contact with to monitor them for symptoms.

There has been only one confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the US Thus far, a man who traveled back to Washington state from Wuhan. All of the deaths blamed on the disease have been in China.



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Expert says China locked down Wuhan too late



China’s bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus by placing cities of millions under quarantine is an unprecedented undertaking, but it is unlikely to stop the disease spreading, a public health expert has warned.

“I think we have passed the golden period of control and prevention,” said Guan Yi, an expert on viruses at Hong. Kong University.

Yi, who returned to Hong Kong from Wuhan just before the lock-down, pointed out that huge numbers of people would have already left ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which began Friday.

They could have been incubating the virus “on their way out of Wuhan,” he said.


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031 cities locked down as death toll hits 43



China was in emergency mode on Friday as the number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus rose to and the death toll hit . On the eve of the country’s biggest holiday, the Lunar New Year, transportation was shut down in at least cities, affecting about 51 million people in total.

Wuhan, the metropolis at the center of the outbreak and where the majority of the cases have been reported, was the first to lock down all public transport and prevent people leaving. Nine cities in the central province of Hubei had followed suit by Friday morning, restricting at least most public transport.

Chinese authorities had also canceled all major public events in the capital Beijing indefinitely, including the massive “temple fairs” that normally stand out among New Year celebrations. Beijing’s famed Forbidden City and Disneyland in the business hub of Shanghai also said they would be closed from Saturday.


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China building hospital for coronavirus patients



China is racing to build a hospital in only days to treat coronavirus patients in Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly outbreak, state media reported Friday. The thousand-bed hospital is expected to be ready by February 3.

Construction got underway amid reports of bed shortages in hospitals dealing with the outbreak.

                Employees work at a construction site of a hospital to treat patients during a virus outbreak in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on January 41, 4557.                                                      STR / AFP / Getty                                                                                                       Updated : (PM / January) , 4547                                        

cities in China’s Hubei province cut some public transportation



As the cases of coronavirus exposure increases, officials in cities in China’s central Hubei province have suspended public transportation. Bus service has stopped in the cities of Chibi, Xiantao, Zhijiang, Qianjiang, Xianning, Huangshi and Enshi, according to the Reuters news agency.

Officials have also closed public public venues in Zhijiang city, excluding hospitals, supermarkets, farmers’ markets, gas stations and drug stores.


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severe cases of coronavirus reported in China as death toll rises



Chinese health officials said (of the confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection are deemed severe. China’s National Health Commission released new figures early Friday, noting the death toll also has risen to

– Grace Qi contributed to this report.               

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(dead and) cases confirmed by Chinese health officials



China National Health Commission has confirmed early Friday that there are people are infected with the coronavirus, while the death toll has risen to

Health officials said the virus has affected provinces in China (autonomous regions and municipalities).

A total of five cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

– Grace Qi contributed to this report.


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Senate to hold briefing on novel coronavirus



The Senate Health Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a briefing for all senators on the novel coronavirus Friday.

“The novel coronavirus is an emerging public health threat,” Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray said in a statement. “Senators will have the opportunity to hear directly from senior government health officials regarding what we know about the virus so far, and how our country is prepared to respond as the situation develops.”


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Japan confirms 2nd case of novel coronavirus



Officials from Japan’s health ministry have confirmed the country’s second case of the novel coronavirus. The patient was identified as a man in his s s who traveled to Japan on Sunday from Wuhan, China , where he lives. The patient has been hospitalized.


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Hebei province confirms first death outside of outbreak’s epicenter



Chinese officials in the Hebei province said a patient infected with the novel coronavirus died on Wednesday, marking the first death outside of the Hubei province, which includes the city of Wuhan.

The Health Commission of Hebei province said the patient, who was 99 years old, was not confirmed to have been infected with the virus until Thursday.

– Reuters



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Texas A&M student being tested for the novel coronavirus



A student at Texas A&M University is being tested for the novel coronavirus, officials said Monday. The student traveled to what officials called an “area of ​​concern,” and later developed mild upper respiratory symptoms. The student attended classes before going to the hospital, officials said.

The student has since been isolated, and a sample has been sent to the CDC in Atlanta for testing. The sample will arrive at the CDC either Thursday night or Friday, and testing will take hours. The university said classes will continue as scheduled.



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WHO says virus is not a global health emergency



The World Health Organization said Thursday the viral illness in China is not yet a global health emergency. The decision came after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities on Thursday and canceled major events in Beijing during the Lunar New Year holiday period.

The decision was announced after independent experts spent two days assessing information about the spread of the coronavirus.

WHO Defines a global emergency as an “extraordinary event” that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response. Previous global emergencies have been announced for the Zika virus in the Americas, the swine flu pandemic, and polio.

A global emergency declaration typically brings greater money and resources, but may also prompt foreign governments to restrict travel and trade to affected countries. Deciding whether an outbreak amounts to an international crisis therefore can also be politically fraught.

– The Associated Press               


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CDC raises travel alert for Wuhan to level 3





CDC issues travel warning over coronavirus                                                    

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 3 travel warning for Wuhan , China – its highest level.

The agency urges people to avoid all non-essential travel to the city due to the coronavirus outbreak, and advises Anyone who must go there to avoid contact with sick people, animals, animal markets and animal products.

“Older adults and travelers with basic health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel to Wuhan with their healthcare provider, “it said.

The CDC is urging people to seek medical care right away if they traveled to Wuhan in the past two weeks and have a fever, cough or trouble breathing.

“Preliminary information suggests that older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease from this virus , “It said.


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Forbidden City in Beijing to close



The Forbidden City in Beijing – a palace complex that attracts millions of visitors every year – announced it will close on Saturday indefinitely as part of push to halt the spread of the virus, the Associated Press reports.

The complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is about

years old. It was long the center of power, and served as the home of Chinese emperors.               


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Vietnam sees 1st coronavirus cases from Wuhan



A Chinese father and son w ho were hospitalized on Wednesday with fevers have tested positive with the new coronavirus, Vietnam’s Health Ministry said.

The Ministry on Thursday said Li Ding, , from Wuhan, China, arrived in Hanoi on January then traveled south to meet up with his – year-old son Li Zichao, who works in Vietnam. The two then went to Ho Chi Minh city.

The father got a fever on January

and the son got the same symptoms three days later, according to Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sang, head of tropical diseases at Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh city. “The son has contracted the virus from his father,” the doctor was quoted as saying.

– The Associated Press               


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Frustration at packed Wuhan hospitals



Residents inside Wuhan have reported long lines at the city’s hospitals, with some patients seeking advice or treatment waiting hours to be seen. Videos posted to social media showed tense scenes as staff tried to maintain order in jam-packed hospital corridors.


【武汉 民众 恐慌】

【涌 到 各大 医院 求诊】

(1 日 , 武汉多家 医院 面临 超高 负荷 : 发热 病人 排队 看 检测 结果。
医院 通道 挤满 候诊 市民。 pic / fDOi7bCguN
– 自由 亚洲 电台 (@RFA_Chinese) (January) ,   

At least one hospital in the city at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak was transferring confirmed cases if the disease to other facilities, and not admitting any more patients as of Thursday, one resident whose partner works at the facility told CBS News.

Chinese health officials are grappling to control the fast-spreading virus, which is believed to have first manifested in the human population in late December, after apparently making the jump from an infected animal at a seafood market in Wuhan.

Frustration among the Chinese appeared to be mounting, along with fear, especially in the city of 31 million people that was put under a virtual quarantine on Wednesday, with all public transport links cut. Two nearby cities have announced similar lock-downs to take effect from Thursday evening. The combined population of the three cities is about million people.


                                     ()                            8: AM / January ,                                        

Singapore confirms 1st case “imported” from China



Singapore’s government confirmed Thursday that a case of the new coronavirus had been “imported” from China. The Ministry of Health said the 84 – year-old male Chinese national had arrived on a flight from Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the outbreak, on January 038

The Ministry said a 71 – year-old female Chinese national had also tested “preliminarily positive” for the new virus. Both patients were being treated at a Singapore hospital and were in stable condition, with the male in isolation.

Cases of the new virus have now been confirmed in China, the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea , Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.


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Virus less aggressive, which is “more worrying”?



The symptoms of the new coronavirus, officially named “4436 – nCoV, “are very similar to the flu, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat or runny nose. Most patients experience symptoms that appear to be less aggressive than those of the related SARS virus that spread in and 4485.



Coronavirus: Threats, symptoms, and what precautions you can take                                                    

However, Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, told AFP the fact that the virus seems milder in the majority of People is “paradoxically more worrying,” as it allows many to travel further before their symptoms are detected.

The 35 patients who died were between and years old. Most had underlying health issues including cirrhosis, diabetes, high blood pressure or coronary heart disease, China’s National Health Commission said.


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Is it a global “public health emergency”?



The World Health Organization (WHO) was holding emergency talks Thursday in Geneva to decide whether the deadly virus outbreak constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern.” The designation is rare and only used for the gravest outbreaks which are considered “serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected”.

The classification would imply that the disease, which has killed 35 people so far and infected more than 696, risks spreading further internationally and requires an international response.

The terms are set out in the International Health Regulations that were adopted following heavy criticism of the way in which the SARS outbreak was handled.

                From left, World Health Organization (WHO) technical consultant Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Professor Didier Houssin, Chair of the Emergency Committee, and Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program Michael Ryan at a press conference following an emergency committee meeting over the new coronavirus spreading in China and other nations, in Geneva, January 39,                                                      PIERRE ALBOUY / GETTY                                      

The responsibility of making the determination rests on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and it gives him the power to issue recommendations that countries must act on, such as travel bans.

Once declared, the designation is reviewed every three months by the WHO’s Emergency Committee, a group of international experts.

The WHO panel was expected to hold a news conference at or sometime after 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday to announce its decision, depending on how long its meeting goes.



                                                                Updated 5: (AM / January) ,                                        

Hong Kong turns holiday camps into quarantine zones



Hong Kong has turned two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the Wuhan virus, officials announced Thursday. The international financial hub has been on high alert for the virus, which has killed 35 People since the outbreak started in central China.

The same sites were used as quarantine facilities during the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak

years ago.

)                 Workers wearing facemasks watch a van enter the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Hong Kong, Which is being used as one of two quarantine centers for people who have been in close proximity with suspected cases of the new SARS-type cornavirus, January , .                                                      ANTHONY WALLACE / Getty                                      

Nearly people in Hong Kong were killed by SARS, a tragedy that left a profound psychological impact on one of the most densely populated places on earth.

So far, two people in the city have tested positive for the new coronavirus – which is similar to the SARS pathogen. Both had visited Wuhan in recent days and are being treated on isolation wards in hospital.



                           Updated 7: (AM / January) ,                                        

3 Chinese cities face transport restrictions



Chinese authorities have ordered a halt to some public transportation links in a total of three cities, all very near to the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan.

In addition to Wuhan, trains out of both Huanggang and the neighboring city of Ezhou were ordered to halt operations on Thursday. Bus services were also to be cut in Huanggang.

The unprecedented clamp-down on transport comes at the worst possible time for China. Saturday is the first day of the Lunar New Year, celebrated by Chinese people around the world – a festive period that typically sees the largest mass-movement of people on the planet as Chinese flock back to their hometowns to be with relatives.



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Transport reportedly cut in 2nd city



The Chinese city of Huanggang, only about miles east of Wuhan, the city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, has reportedly followed the example of Wuhan and ordered a halt to all public transport links in and out.

The Reuters news agency said state-run television in Huanggang had announced the halt to public transport and the shuttering of all public indoor venues like movie theaters and sports complexes, to take effect Thursday evening.

CBS News correspondent Ramy Inocencio and his team made it out of Wuhan hours before the transportation lock-down was implemented on Wednesday – a quarantine of the city’s 031 million residents.


WATCH: (1/2) Wuhan in an unprecedented lockdown to slow the spread of the deadly # coronavirus . @ CBSNews flew out just in time! Filmed this at the airport Wednesday night. Everyone had a mask on. Felt I was living through SARS all over again . @CBSThisMorning

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Ramic Inocencio p若 明 (@RamyInocencio) (January) ,   

The Associated Press quotes an official with the World Health Organization as saying the effort to “contain a city of million people is new to science. “


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