Three new cases of coronavirus confirmed in US, four more being tested in NY Featured

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The United States confirmed three new cases of the deadly coronavirus over the weekend — while officials in New York said four possible patients are being tested here.

The latest confirmed cases — which were detected in Arizona and California — brought the number of people being treated for the infectious disease nationally to five, health officials said.

All of those patients had traveled to ground zero of the outbreak — the central Chinese city of Wuhan — before showing symptoms of the virus, which can be transmitted between people.

One of the new cases was a student enrolled at Arizona State University in Tempe, state health officials said. The Arizona patient, whose identity wasn’t released, is not severely ill and is being kept in isolation to keep the virus from spreading.

Southern California was home to the other two patients — a man in his 50s who tested positive in Orange County and another person diagnosed in Los Angeles County with the flu-like virus, NPR reported.

Both were being treated at local hospitals, where they were placed in isolation, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo said seven possible cases in the Empire State have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing — with three coming back negative and results of the four others still pending.

“We’ve been through this a couple of times before with different situations so we’re prepared and we’re doing everything we can, and at this time, people should feel . . . as calm and confident as you can be with everything going on in this world,” Cuomo said Sunday. “But we’re on top of the situation.”

The four people remained in isolation Sunday, Cuomo’s office said.

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Several people were seen on Sunday wearing masks at Chinese New Year celebrations in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

“There are just too many people right now. We just have to be careful,” said Sylvia Chen, 24, of Bensonhurst.

People were also seen wearing masks in Chinatown, and in Flushing, Queens.

Meanwhile, a student at Wesleyan University in Connecticut is being monitored as a possible case of the virus. The unidentified student complained of cough and fever after traveling through an airport where another person was identified to have the flu-like illness, the Hartford Courant reported.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are working with the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to determine if the student has contracted the coronavirus or not,” the school said in a statement.

The Middleton college said the patient is being isolated and officials have notified everyone “with whom the student had close contact since returning to campus in order to monitor them.”

Students said Sunday they were on alert for any coronavirus symptoms — such as fever or trouble breathing — after being notified by e-mail of the possible case.

“I’ll definitely start taking precautions, like going to the health center immediately to prevent anything,” Charlie Hertz, a 19-year-old student, told The Post.

Health officials have said there’s currently no cure for the ailment, but viruses can generally be prevented by washing one’s hands and avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, or coming in close contact with people who are sick.

Additional reporting by Rachel Green, Wires

Chinese health officials say coronavirus is ‘much more contagious’

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Chinese officials on Sunday revealed that patients infected with the coronavirus can spread the deadly illness before experiencing any symptoms — prompting fears about how to contain the disease.

China’s National Health Commissioner Ma Xiaowei said the flu-like virus is infectious during its incubation period of one to 14 days.

He cautioned that authorities’ knowledge of the new virus was limited and they are unclear on the risks posed by any possible mutations of the virus.

Dr. William Schaffner, a longtime adviser to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the new development “means the infection is much more contagious than we originally thought,” CNN reported.

Schaffner warned that current preventative methods won’t be enough to battle the growing epidemic since it’s difficult to track down the contacts that a patient had before they even began experiencing symptoms.

“Assuming that Ma is correct, we’re going to have to re-evaluate our strategy, that’s for sure,” Schaffner said.

Meanwhile, China said it has banned wildlife animal trade until the “epidemic situation is lifted nationwide.”

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The mystery virus is believed to have originated from wild animals at markets in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

There have been 56 deaths and more than 2,000 cases diagnosed in the country, including a 9-month-old baby in Beijing, CNN reported.

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Fifth Case Of Coronavirus In US Occurs As Death Toll Climbs In China

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Three more Americans have been diagnosed with coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected patients to five in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday.

While the agency deemed the risk for Americans to be low, there are an estimated 3,000 cases in China, according to The New York Times. The three newest U.S. cases were in one Arizona patient and two California patients who had traveled back from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus is believed to have originated.

Wuhan is essentially on lockdown as the country’s death toll rises to at least 80.

The virus attacks infected patients’ respiratory systems, causing shortness of breath, coughing, and tightness in the chest, along with fever. It is most deadly to young children and elderly adults. (RELATED: CDC Confirms Wuhan Coronavirus Case In Chicago As China Locks Down Travel In More Cities)

Airports around the world are ramping up sanitary precautions and health screenings, including John F. Kennedy International, Los Angeles International and San Francisco International in the United States.

The CDC recommended that travelers avoid the province of Hubei, China, where Wuhan is located.

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Southwest Airlines removes sick passenger over coronavirus concerns

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Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight in Las Vegas wore masks over their mouths as another traveler was escorted off the plane after showing flu-like symptoms.

The airline confirmed to Fox News that while the move was made out of “an abundance of caution,” it was also made “in light of recent concerns for the coronavirus.” The ill passenger had reportedly recently traveled to Beijing.

In a statement obtained by Fox News, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines confirmed, “Local medical personnel met Flight 2889 once it arrived at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from Las Vegas on Saturday due to reports of an ill customer.”

Medical officers met the plane when it landed in Las Vegas, NBC 4 reports. According to the news outlet, the passenger was referred to a medical facility for evaluation. They had reportedly been screened for the virus in Mexico and Las Vegas.

The passenger was released after medical evaluation.

In a statement obtained by Fox News, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines confirmed, “Local medical personnel met Flight 2889 once it arrived at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from Las Vegas on Saturday due to reports of an ill customer. Out of an abundance of caution, and in light of the recent concerns of the coronavirus, our crew followed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for responding to concerns to ensure the customer, and those traveling with them, receive the assistance or support they may need.”

Fox News previously reported that amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has displayed posters explaining the symptoms in both English and Chinese at 14 American airports to raise awareness of the ongoing virus.

The “health alert,” directed at travelers from Wuhan, China, instructs people to consult with a doctor if they’re suffering from a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within two weeks of leaving the now-quarantined city.

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