As Testing Quickly Ramps Up, Expect More U.S. Coronavirus Cases

At that time, the patient's medical team asked public health officials if this could be a case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, according to a statement from the medical center.

"In retrospect, it seems like a bad decision", said one high-ranking C.D.C. official who requested anonymity and was not authorized to talk to the media.

U.S. health officials on Friday reported a fourth case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin, indicating the disease was spreading in the country.

Meanwhile, 141 new suspected cases have also been reported, said the commission. Officials have anxious the disease could spread widely in countries with weaker public health systems, specifically in Africa and Latin America.

According to reports, Iran has confirmed 11 new coronavirus deaths and the outbreak has also claimed the lives of 54 people till now. Moreover, officials believe the virus was spread through the community and not from travel.

The World Health Organisation said earlier this week that there were now more daily cases overseas than in China.

Dr. Schaffner said a patient had come earlier this week who had developed symptoms of an upper respiratory infection after traveling to Italy, where a group of coronavirus infections was observed.

Newsom said state officials are now monitoring more than 8,400 people for the virus, adding that the state is working with federal officials to increase the number of testing kits available in the state.

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"As long as that's the case, we still have a chance of containing this coronavirus, if robust action is taken to detect cases early, isolate and care for patients and trace contacts".

"HHS/CDC have been transparent with the American people regarding the issue with the manufacturing of the diagnostic and will be transparent with the findings of this investigation". The country says 13 people have died from the virus.

The UC Davis Medical Center, which has treated other patients with COVID-19, noted in the release that infection prevention precautions have been in place there, but that a small number of employees have been asked to stay home and monitor themselves.

The outbreak began in China in December 2019 but has been reported outside China than in the country few days.

All these cases have links to Italy, according to the World Health Organization chief.

The death toll from the outbreak China had reached 2,835 as of the end of Friday, up by 47 from the previous day.

It's unclear whether the 33 cases are from the evacuated Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off the coast of Japan.

  • Ismael Montgomery