3rd USA case of new coronavirus confirmed in California

James Marshall
March 30, 2020

Israel's Health Ministry on Friday issued a travel warning for Wuhan, China and surrounding areas, following the death of 55 people in China and some 2,000 globally from a new virus.

The outbreak, which has killed 56 people and infected almost 2,000 across China, is believed to have originated in a live animal market in Wuhan. The number of confirmed cases in the country reportedly stands at 1,975.

The virus originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei late previous year and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as to the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France and Canada.

The second USA case of the new coronavirus was confirmed in Chicago on Friday and before that, the first case was confirmed by the CDC in Washington state on Tuesday. The latest patient announced Saturday night traveled from Wuhan and is in isolation at a hospital and in good condition.

Three research teams have begun work on developing potential vaccines, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations said.

Singapore reported its fourth case on Sunday, a 36-year-old man from Wuhan.

At the same time, the USA authorities will organize a charter flight on Sunday to evacuate American citizens and diplomats from Wuhan.

"This capacity is extremely limited and if there is insufficient ability to transport everyone who expresses interest, priority will be given to individuals at greater risk from coronavirus", it added.

Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said it was halting inter-city services to and from Beijing from Sunday, while the capital will also stop running inter-province shuttle buses.

French automaker PSA Group said it will evacuate its employees from Wuhan, quarantine them and then bring them to France.

Japan was also making preparations to fly its nationals out of Wuhan.

In new travel advice, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office told people to leave Hubei province.

In an email, according to the Wall Street Journal, the State Department said it is "making arrangement to relocate its personnel" at the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan.

There are fears transmission could accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during the Lunar New Year holiday, although many have canceled their plans.

Also Sunday, two of Hong Kong's biggest attractions, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park, announced they were closing for the time being.

Wuhan said it would ban non-essential vehicles from its downtown starting Sunday, further paralyzing a city of 11 million that has been on virtual lockdown since Thursday, with almost all flights canceled and checkpoints blocking the main roads leading out of town. The city will assign 6,000 taxis to neighbourhoods to help people get around if they need to. The city has said the first is expected to be completed February 3.

Medical workers in Wuhan have been among those infected and local media reported a doctor had died of the virus on Saturday morning. The 62-year-old physician was hospitalized on January 18 and died a week later. They've asked the public for donations of face masks, scrubs and basic medical supplies.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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