The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in China grew to 11,791 with 259 deaths as of the end of the day Friday local time, China's national health commission said on its website.
That's an increase in the national number from 9,692 confirmed cases and 213 deaths in China reported as of the end of the day Thursday.
Earlier Friday, Hubei province's local health commission reported 11,067 confirmed cases and 258 deaths, and the national numbers show larger total figures. The epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak is the city of Wuhan, which is in Hubei province.
The 46 new deaths were mostly in Hubei province, with 45 there, the national health commission said. The other new death was in the city of Chongqing, which is southwest of Hubei. There are also nearly 18,000 suspected cases in China.
All of the deaths have been in China and the vast majority of confirmed cases are also in the country, although there are also confirmed cases in other countries, including the United States, where there are seven confirmed cases of the virus, also known as 2019-nCoV, health officials there have said. — NBC Beijing
An adult male returning from China has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in California, the Santa Clara county public health department said Friday. The Bay area public health department was notified by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that the resident was confirmed to have the respiratory disease, Dr. Sara Cody, director of the County of Santa Clara health department said during a press briefing Friday.
It's the seventh confirmed case in the U.S. and the third case in California.
The patient had been in Wuhan, China and Shanghai and returned to California on Jan. 24 through the San Jose airport. He became ill upon his return, Cody said.
"Since his return, he has only been at home. He came into contact with a very few individuals after returning home." Cody said. "His only travel has been to seek care."
The patient has not been very ill and has not required hospitalization. He has been self-isolating in his home. "He will be followed closely at home until he's no longer infectious," Cody said.
As part of the investigation, the Santa Clara county health officials are working with the CDC to find anyone who may have been exposed to the patient, including individuals at the health care facilities or other passengers during his air travel, Cody said.
Cody sought to calm concerns about the risks of the disease's spread in the community, noting that health officials had been preparing for weeks for the possibility of a case.
"We don't have evidence to suggest that the coronavirus is circulating in the Bay area, Santa Clara county or northern California," she said during the briefing. "This one case does not change the risk to the general public." The CDC confirmed the 7th case in California. — Jane Weaver
Starting Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, all passengers on flights to the United States who have been in Hubei province in China in the last 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of quarantine. The city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is located in Hubei.
Any U.S. citizen who has been in the rest of mainland China will be actively screened at one of seven airports for risk and evidence of symptoms. If no symptoms are detected, the individuals will be allowed to complete their travel home and will be monitored by local health departments in isolation at home.
At the same time, the White House announced that it will not allow anyone who has been in China recently to enter the U.S. because they may pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus. Foreign nationals, other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled to China within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter the U.S. during this time.
The seven airports are in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta. — Erika Edwards
It's the first time in 50 years that the CDC has issued such a quarantine, which was for smallpox.
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The increase of cases in China, which sits at almost 10,000 people, helped spur the CDC to act.
"We would rather be remembered for overreacting than underreacting," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a call with journalists. "While we recognize this is an unprecedented action, we are facing an unprecedented health threat." — Erika Edwards
The Dow dropped 525 points as of Friday afternoon, after United, Delta and American suspended all flights between China and the U.S. The S&P 500 was down 1.5 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite dipped by just over 1 percent.
Airlines, hotels, and other travel-related stocks have been hit hardest as China locked down cities, shuttered factories and businesses, encouraged employees to work from home, and implemented severe transport restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus.
The economic fallout has also hit the luxury goods sector and global tourism, since the coronavirus outbreak comes during China's Lunar New Year holiday, in which many Chinese people travel and buy gifts.
U.S. companies such as Apple, Alphabet and Nike, which have the greatest exposure to China, also saw their stocks fall. — Lucy Bayly
Facebook announced Thursday night that it will remove posts that contain "false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could case harm to people who believe them."
Misinformation about the coronavirus has spread across Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram, where the first- and second-most viewed posts contained a variety of videos, some of which trafficked in fearmongering and racial stereotyping.
Facebook said banned posts included claims about cures such as drinking bleach. — Jason Abbruzzese
Singapore said on Friday it was suspending entry to travelers with a recent history of travel to China and suspending visas for Chinese passport holders, to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Reuters reported.
The first military charter plane carrying 200 French nationals from Wuhan arrives today around 12:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET) at Istre airport in southwest France, near Marseille. A second plane is scheduled to arrive this weekend.
Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer, said in a statement that the two patients were part of the same family and were receiving medical care.
"We have been preparing for U.K. cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately," he said.
Italy also confirmed its first two cases of the virus late on Thursday night while Russia also confirmed its two first cases Friday. Both patients in Russia were Chinese citizens, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. — Patrick Smith, Tatyana Chistikova
The first person-to-person transmission of the virus has been confirmed in Thailand, after the total number of cases there rose to 19, Reuters reported.
Tanarak Pipat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said the "overall risk of infection in Thailand is still low, but people should take precautions to protect themselves." — Patrick Smith
The WHO's director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the declaration is not a "vote of no confidence" in China, which has been widely praised for its transparency and work to control the outbreak. — Erika Edwards