HEALTH/FOOD

Every Precaution Taken — State And HHS Officials

At least 35 people in the United States are infected with the coronavirus spreading from China, federal health officials said recently.

“This new virus represents a tremendous public health threat,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a news briefing.

But so far there has been no community spread of the infection in the United States, she added; all the cases have been linked to overseas travel.

Eleven of the infections were diagnosed in travelers who fell ill after returning on their own from overseas, and two of their close contacts became infected. The other 22 patients are people who were returned to the United States by the State Department.

“Every precaution to ensure proper isolation and community protection measures are being taken, driven by the most up-to-date risk assessments by U.S. health authorities,” State and HHS officials said.

The viral outbreak that began in China has now spread to nearly 78,000 people globally, including 76,288 in mainland China.

Here are the latest figures for the number of people who have contracted COVID-19:

  • Mainland China: 2,345 deaths among 76,288 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei
  • Hong Kong: 69 cases, 2 deaths
  • Macao: 10 cases
  • Japan: 754 cases, including 634 from the cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 3 deaths
  • South Korea: 433 cases, 2 deaths
  • Singapore: 89 cases
  • United States: 35 cases; separately, 1 U.S. citizen died in China
  • Thailand: 35 cases
  • Iran: 28 cases, 5 deaths
  • Taiwan: 26 cases, 1 death
  • Australia: 23 cases
  • Malaysia: 22 cases
  • Italy: 19 cases; 1 death
  • Vietnam: 16 cases
  • Germany: 16 cases
  • France: 12 cases, 1 death
  • United Arab Emirates: 11 cases
  • United Kingdom: 9 cases
  • Canada: 9 cases
  • Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death
  • India: 3 cases
  • Russia: 2 cases
  • Spain: 2 cases
  • Lebanon: 1 case
  • Israel: 1 case
  • Belgium: 1 case
  • Nepal: 1 case
  • Sri Lanka: 1 case
  • Sweden: 1 case
  • Cambodia: 1 case
  • Finland: 1 case
  • Egypt: 1 case

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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