Hong Kong declares emergency & cancels New Year celebrations as coronavirus spreads

CDC confirms second case of coronavirus in the US, expects more soon

CDC confirms second case of coronavirus in the US, expects more soon

The 50-year-old man, who is a Chinese national, presented with pneumonia like symptoms on Thursday, before he was diagnosed.

Australia has now also raised its travel alert for the province of Hubei to its highest level and warns "do not travel" to the area.

Health officials said there "is no immediate threat to the general public in Chicago".

Authorities are hunting for 2,000 people who recently flew to the United Kingdom from the Chinese region of Wuhan to check they have not been affected by the deadly coronavirus.

After announcing the death of 62-year-old doctor Liang Wudong on Saturday, state media said that 1,200 extra medical personnel were being sent to Wuhan to ease the burden on overwhelmed local staff.

Interviews with the patient determined that he arrived in Australia on the morning of January 19, on a flight from Wuhan to Melbourne via Guangzhou.

There are now 1,287 confirmed cases in China, 41 of whom have died.

About two dozen cases in all have been confirmed outside mainland China, almost all of them in Asia: Hong Kong, Macao, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Nepal.

Meanwhile, France announced two people had fallen ill with the virus - the disease's first appearance in Europe.

Amid the unknown virus wreaking havoc, Chinese and American researchers are working together to develop a vaccine against the deadly new strain of coronavirus.

Japan: health authorities confirmed the country's third case on Saturday.

When his condition worsened, his family contacted the hospital and took him there yesterday where he remains in isolation with pneumonia-like symptoms.

The deadly coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China and overseas as the death toll due to it in this Far East country rose to 41 with 1,287 confirmed cases, China's National Health Commission announced on Saturday.

Four people in South Australia were also being tested but authorities said it was unlikely they actually had the virus, with a man also being checked in a Hobart hospital.

Tonight, we're learning the CDC is testing 3 people from metro Detroit for the virus.

Although China has implemented drastic measures to deal with the outbreak of the Wuhan virus, it has spread to more Chinese cities. A child on an incoming flight prompted a scare at Sydney International airport last night, but Sydney Children's Hospital says the child was assessed and then released. Most schools are off next week, and Lam said they would not re-open until February 17.

According to The New York Times, 15 new deaths were reported in Wuhan City alone.

The second case of coronavirus in the USA has been confirmed in Chicago - as health officials continue to examine 63 patients in 22 states.

Major cities including Beijing have canceled some or all major Lunar New Year celebrations - a rare, drastic step to reign in the spread of the virus.

"We're taking all precautions possible", she said in a statement.

Hugo Guo, a 22-year-old university student who had returned home to Wuhan for the holiday, said the restrictions were not having much of an impact on him, although all his dinner plans with friends and family had been canceled.

The vast majority of cases have been in and around Wuhan or involved people who visited the city or had personal connections to those infected. CDC officials said that delay could make it hard to catch cases via heightened airport screening as infected travelers return.

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