First 'Person-to-Person' Case Of Coronavirus Confirmed in Illinois: CDC
Cases confirmed in California, Illinois, Washington State, and Arizona
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first person-to-person case of the coronavirus had been confirmed in Illinois as the total number of cases in the United States rises to six.
The patient is a Chicago woman diagnosed with the illness following a visit to Wuhan, China, ground zero for the ongoing outbreak, according to the agency.
Up to now, cases have been confirmed in California, Illinois, Washington State, and Arizona.
CDC Director Robert Redfield told reporters:
“We understand this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, our assessment remains that the immediate risk to the American public is low."
Infectious diseases expert at Vanderbilt University, Dr. William Schaffner, said:
“We anticipated this."
“The kind of contact that you have in a household is very close and very prolonged."
"That’s the kind of circumstance where we would anticipate a virus such as this could be transmitted.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) is now preparing to hold its second emergency committee.
The death toll for the coronavirus has spiked as the latest confirmed cases mean the virus outbreak has now spread to every region in China.
The mayor of #Wuhan - the Chinese city at the center of the deadly #coronavirus outbreak - has admitted to "withholding information" about the crisis, revealing that five million people left the city before it was placed on lockdown.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) January 28, 2020
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The number of people killed by the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 170 as of Thursday morning.
Chinese health authorities have confirmed a new case in Tibet, meaning it has reached every region in mainland China.
As of January 29, there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country with infections, which has also spread to at least 15 other countries.
Earlier this week, a nurse treating patients from the outbreak in China released a video online claiming that 90,000 people have now been infected with the virus.
The woman issued a plea for help, alleging the number of infected is now in the tens of thousands – far more than the figure of just 1,975 issued by government officials.