CDC confirms 5 new cases of coronavirus, 2nd case of P2P spread

Henrietta Brewer
February 3, 2020

The Group of Seven industrialized democracies are trying to find a common approach for dealing with the fast-spreading new coronavirus, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday.

"The lack of hospital rooms forced sick people to return home, which is extremely unsafe".

In a sign of the economic toll of the outbreak, China's Shanghai Composite index plunged almost 8% on the first day of trading after the Lunar New Year holiday.

The people diagnosed with the coronavirus in mainland China include 19 foreigners, NPR's Emily Feng reports.

The G7 countries - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States - have all confirmed cases of the virus.

On Monday, China's National Health Commission reported 17,205 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection on the mainland, plus 15 in Hong Kong and eight in Macao, and the WHO reported 146 confirmed cases in 23 countries outside China.

About 150 cases have been reported in two dozen other countries. News reports from the Philippines say a Chinese man from Wuhan, in Hubei province where the virus was first detected, died in a hospital in Manila a few days after arriving there. The husband recently traveled to Wuhan; the wife did not, making this case a person-to-person transmission.

"We do not now recommend the use of face masks for the general American public", Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, said Friday.

The US, Australia, New Zealand and Israel have banned foreign nationals from visiting if they have been in China recently, and they have also warned their own citizens against traveling there.

"As of 5 p.m. last night, the federal government started banning anyone traveling from China who isn't a US citizen or an immediate family member of an American from entering the United States", NPR's Rob Stein reports.

At an online briefing, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying accused the USA of overreacting, acting against World Health Organization advice and "spreading fear". The province of Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, are the epicenters of this global health emergency, which began with the first confirmed 2019-nCoV case in December 2019. It cited the mayor as saying the city's "capabilities to treat the patients remained inadequate and there is a severe shortage in medical supplies such as protective suits and medical masks". He added that the new rules could add stress and travel time for some passengers, but "public health and security experts agree these measures are necessary to contain the virus and protect the American people", he said.

The study said it wasn't possible to pinpoint the source of the outbreak from one patient, but the findings have been corroborated by investigations on others with the new virus.

Only one resident per household in Wenzhou is allowed to go out every two days to buy necessities, authorities announced.

The virus has since spread to more than 24 countries, despite many governments imposing unprecedented travel bans on people coming from China.

Chinese ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan expressed worries over Chinese people being turned away by restaurants and taxis in the Indian Ocean island nation.

President Xi Jinping said controlling the virus was China's most important task.

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