The US has its first case of the new Chinese coronavirus

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"When we are talking about SARS and we are talking about this new virus we are talking about Coronaviruses, so these are viruses from the same family and there are some common features but this is a new novel Coronavirus and we are still learning a lot about it and how it transmits", she said. A total of 15 thermal detectors have been set up in the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, and 20 thermal detectors have been installed at three major railway stations of the city.

All the deaths have been reported in China.

"This is primarily a virus of particular interest because it is a novel, new coronavirus and we don't want it to become established in the human population".

The virus - part of the coronavirus family, which includes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS - broke out in Wuhan last month. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. China said it will conduct nationwide screening and improve monitoring of transportation links for the Lunar New Year holidays, which start at the end of this week.

Scientists are still working to confirm the exact source of the virus, which has infected 440 people in 13 provinces and municipalities.

The CDC started screening passengers from Wuhan at five US airports.

They are also trying to learn if people with the virus can spread it only when they are symptomatic or before symptoms arise as well.

Outside of China, confirmed cases of the virus have appeared in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States, the ministry stated.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference in Geneva, on January 22, 2020.

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A traveller from China has been diagnosed near Seattle with the Wuhan coronavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday.

Since the outbreak, Foxconn workers in Wuhan have been wearing facemasks and getting their temperature checked, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer said.

However, animals are suspected to be the primary source of the outbreak, as a seafood market where live animals were sold in the central city of Wuhan was identified as ground zero for the virus. Chinese state media on Wednesday reported that officials have confirmed 473 cases of the virus-up from 291 confirmed cases that had been reported as of Tuesday.

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Management has to decide whether employees need to return to Wuhan to work after new year, Gou said, adding Foxconn would come up with solutions for employees to work remotely. However, these viruses are zoonotic, meaning that they can be transmitted from animals to people.

Movie ticketing platform Toupiaopiao said they would give "unconditional refunds" for cinema bookings in Wuhan during the holiday period.

"Hinihikayat ko na paigtingin ng DOH at DOTr ang kanilang mga scanning procedures sa lahat ng mga worldwide airports sa bansa, lalong lalo na 'yung merong direct flights mula mainland China, Hong Kong at Macau", he said.

Meanwhile, the city of Wuhan made it mandatory for everyone to wear face masks in public places after confirmed coronavirus cases passed the 500 mark.

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