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Chinese health authorities said they have received reports of 202 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and 42 deaths on Sunday on the Chinese mainland, Xinhua reported.

Saturday saw 2,623 people discharged from hospital after recovery, the commission said.

Scott Becker, the head of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, says that more than 40 public health labs should be able to test for the virus by the end of the weekend. Officials have anxious the disease could spread widely in countries with weaker public health systems, specifically in Africa and Latin America.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now allowing the use of new diagnostic technologies that will test for the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, at multiple hospitals and healthcare facilities in the country. "We have never before seen a respiratory pathogen that is capable of community transmission, but which can also be contained with the right measures", NAN quoted him as saying.

"Our epidemiologists have been monitoring these developments continuously, and we have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at a global level", he said.

"A Pandemic is a unique situation, in which all citizens on the planet will likely be exposed to a virus within a defined period of time", state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme as saying.

New coronavirus case of 'unknown origin' confirmed in California
Mayor Bill de Blasio also said that the CDC has sent new kits that will allow the city to run the federal agency's test locally. The Oregon Health Authority told state lawmakers earlier Friday that were NO cases of the virus in the state.

The U.S. State Department has issued travel advisories for several nations and on Friday it said Americans should reconsider travel to Italy, where almost 900 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. "But we still don't know to what degree", she said.

The big picture: The U.S. had 60 cases as of Wednesday night, 42 of which are people who were on the ship, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the person who died was a man from Washington state.

Four, possibly five, new COVID-19 coronavirus case were reported on the West Coast late Friday, including three among individuals with no known exposure or risk factors.

Citing the work of its researchers in China, the World Health Organization said earlier this week that the fatality rate for COVID-19 is "between 2% and 4% in Wuhan, and 0.7% outside Wuhan". It is the 15th confirmed case of COVID-19 in the US, not including evacuees from Wuhan and the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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