Coronavirus LIVE: First US case reported as deadly virus SPREADS across the world

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The CDC has confirmed the first case of 2019 coronavirus in the US, adding another to the more than 300 cases identified by authorities since the virus began circulating earlier this year. The virus originated in Wuhan, and has since spread around Asia, in the neighbouring cities of Shenzen and Beijing, and into Thailand. 

The CDC has now confirmed reports that a case of 2019-ncov has been identified in the US. 

According to the organisation, one male patient was identified with the disease, and he is currently in isolation at the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington.

The CDC has chosen not to identify the patient, but revealed they had recently travelled through Wuhan, where they likely contracted the disease. 

Following the announcement, they also revealed extra measures would be put down at some US airports. 

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Coronavirus LIVE: First US case reported as deadly virus SPREADS across the world (Image: REUTERS)

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Coronavirus LIVE: Until now, the virus hadn’t strayed far from China (Image: REUTERS)

They revealed passengers travelling directly or indirectly from Wuhan to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport would now be screened. 

They also raised travel alerts for Wuhan, with warnings for people travelling through the city.

The alert level for the city is currently at level two, after the CDC updated it earlier today, the second-highest of three levels.  

The organisation has urged travellers to “practice enhanced precautions” in the city. 

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Coronavirus LIVE: More than 300 cases of coronavirus have been identified so far (Image: REUTERS)

00:30am update: Leading doctor catches coronavirus.

A leading Chinese doctor investigating the SARS-like infection has caught it.

Wang Guanfa, was part of a team who earlier this month visited Wuhan, where the virus first emerged.

He says he has been diagnosed but is currently “fine”.

10.30pm update: What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The 2019-nCoV strain causes similiar symptoms to other strains within the species, as respiratory (breathing) problems are the defining symptoms. 

Chinese scientists revealed people may also experience the following symptoms: 

– Fever

– Coughing

– Tightness of the chest

– Shortness of breath

Scans of those suffering from the virus show fluid pooling in the lungs, commonly associated with viral pneumonia. 

9.45pm update: further details on US patient

Dr Nancy Messonnier of the CDC said the patient is “very healthy” in containment. 

The CDC added he had few contacts since returning to the US from Wuhan. 

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9.30pm update: North Korea implements temporary ban

According to Chinese-based Young Pioneer Tours, North Korea has temporarily closed its borders. 

In a statement, they said the country is implementing a travel ban as a “precaution”. 

They added: “Further details are yet to be confirmed by our travel partners in North Korea and we will continue to make all future announcements on our website”. 

Koryo tours also tweeted about possible travel limitations to the country.

9.15 update: Where has Coronavirus spread so far?

Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, and didn’t stray far from the Chinese city. 

Authorities identified more than 300 cases in total, most of which originated in Wuhan, but some have spread further afield. 

Officials in Beijing, Shenzen and Thailand have also identified cases. 

8.45 update: CDC expects more US coronavirus cases

Speaking today, the CDC said it expects more cases of the virus will emerge in the US. 

Dr Nancy Messonnier, a CDC respiratory diseases expert, told reporters via conference call: “We do expect additional cases in the United States and globally.” 

They have a screening tool which allows them to effectively identify people coming into the country infected with the disease. 

The first sufferer in the US allegedly travelled back to Washington State before authorities started screening passengers.

Additional reporting by Liam Doyle.


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