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Coronavirus: US announces 5 new confirmed cases, second case of person-to-person transmission

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday confirmed the second person-to-person transmission of novel coronavirus in the USA, marking the tenth and eleventh cases of the pneumonia-like illness in the country.

"We expect to see more cases of person-to-person spread", Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Centre for Immunisation and Respiratory Diseases, said during a conference call that included confirmation of a handful of new cases, bringing the USA total to 11.

Confirmed cases have also been identified in Washington state, Illinois, Arizona and MA.

The agency said it is now monitoring 82 people for potential infection with the virus. It is not immediately clear if these cases tested negative, or if the individuals are still being tested.

"We understand the recent recommendations are concerning", Messonnier said.

"This is a new virus", Messonnier said, adding that researchers are still studying how quickly the virus develops.

That amounts to an accusation that US officials were lying when they said at a press conference last week that they had been trying to get China to accept aid in the form of USA health experts for several weeks but China had yet to consent. Worldwide, 151 additional cases have been confirmed in 23 countries, including one death in the Philippines, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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HHS on Sunday notified Congress it may need to transfer US$136 million to support efforts by the CDC, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Office of Global Affairs to respond to the outbreak, the agency confirmed on Monday.

"The coronavirus presents a public health emergency in the United States". Over 17,200 others have been infected by the epidemic believed to have been transmitted to humans from animals, particularly bats. People flying back from China will be routed to 11 airports for screening: New York-JFK, Chicago O'Hare, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Honolulu, Los Angeles International, Washington Dulles International, Newark International, Dallas-Fort Worth and Detroit.

While almost 12,000 people worldwide have been infected by the virus, according to the World Health Organization, U.S. health officials maintain that the risks to the United States remain low. They will be subject to medical quarantine for up to two weeks.

Any U.S. citizen who has traveled elsewhere in China.

The passengers will be put under quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, she said.

These measures are going into effect after the US placed 195 USA citizens under federal quarantine on March Air Force Base in Southern California last week. They will be under federal quarantine for 14 days from when they left Wuhan.

"Foreign nationals other than immediate family of US citizens and permanent residents who have traveled in China within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the United States for this time/these actions will become effective at 5 PM eastern time Sunday February 2nd".

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