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First American CoronaVirus death is confirmed as US citizen, 60, dies and the number of people killed by the infection soars above 700, surpassing SARS death toll
The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit is one of just three in the U.S. that were designated equipped to contain and treat patients with Ebola during the 2014 outbreak that struck 11 Americans, including one, seen here being transported into the facility
Staff at the Nebraska Biocontainment unit practice placing a subject (an Air Force service member) in one of the specialized chambers that one of 13 evacuees from the Diamond Princess at 'high risk' of coronavirus was placed in after arriving at Eppely Air Field in Omaha on Monday. The other 12 patients are in quarantine
The 14 evacuees were placed in isolation chambers on-board their evacuation flights when officials realized they had tested positive for the deadly virus.
The first 747 plane touched down at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California just before 11.30pm on Sunday local time, before the second plane arrived at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas a few hours later.
The passengers had all been deemed 'fit to fly' and were not showing symptoms before disembarking from the cruise ship. As the evacuees were being taken to the airport in Tokyo, results from tests carried out two to three days earlier came back and showed the 14 passengers had the infection.
Despite the U.S. earlier saying no infected passenger would be allowed to leave, those who tested positive were still allowed to board the planes because they did not have symptoms. The State Department said they were being isolated separately from other passengers on the flights.
The U.S. said it arranged the evacuation because people on the Diamond Princess were at a high risk of exposure to the virus given more than 450 passengers have tested positive since the cruise liner was ordered to stay under quarantine on February 4.
As countries extricated their respective citizens from the cruise liner, which is by far the largest cluster of coronavirus cases outside China, some 3,000 people who have spent the last two weeks or more in a high risk environment fanned out across the globe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials have warned that people can be asymptomatic, test negative for coronavirus and still develop later. They and World Health Organization (WHO) experts have also cautioned that even asymptomatic people can have and transmit the virus.
And that has some experts very worried.
'There's a possibility that anyone who is infected and asymptomatic could start a chain of infection wherever they return to,' Dr Stanley Deresinkski, a professor and infectious disease specialist at Stanford University told Fortune.
He was referring to passengers from the Westerdam cruise ship, currently in Cambodia but preparing to return home despite the fact that an 84-year-old American woman on board was diagnosed with coronavirus, but the same could certainly be true of the Diamond Princess, by far the largest cluster of coronavirus cases outside China.
A second plane carrying Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess ship arrives at Joint Base San Antonio in Texas after flying back from Tokyo
One of two planes carrying 340 Americans back to the US from Japan where they spent almost two weeks under coronavirus quarantine on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship has landed at Travis Air Force Base in California (pictured)
The State Department confirmed that, after the evacuees had been placed on buses to the airport, 14 people who were not showing symptoms had tested positive for the virus - and were then placed into isolation chambers (pictured)
The sick passengers were allowed to continue on the flight but inside the isolation chambers (pictured), and will be taken for treatment separate to the other passengers after landing
340 Americans decided to abandon ship and take the government charter flights back to the US, where they will be under additional quarantine on two military bases for another 14 days
February 4: Japan announced 10 people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner had been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The ship, carrying more than 3,700 passengers, was placed under quarantine.
February 15: U.S. authorities announced they would provide two planes to allow the 380 Americans on board the ship to return to the United States.
February 16: Officials revealed 454 passengers were now infected on the ship, including about 62 Americans.
Japanese authorities, dressed in head-to-toe protective suits, started transporting about 340 Americans to the airport in Tokyo on a convoy of 14 buses.
As the evacuees were being taken to the airport in Tokyo, results from tests carried out two to three days earlier came back and showed the 14 passengers had the infection.
Despite the U.S. earlier saying no infected passenger would be allowed to leave, those who tested positive were still allowed to board the planes in isolation because they did not have symptoms.
February 17: The two planes touch down at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California and Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
All of the passengers must go through another 14 days of quarantine at the military facilities - meaning they will have been under quarantine for a total of nearly four weeks.
February 19: The 14-day quarantine for the ship is scheduled to be lifted.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said Sunday that an infected person who shows minimal symptoms could still pass the virus to someone else.
It came as Japanese officials confirmed 99 additional people had been infected by the virus aboard the quarantined cruise ship, bringing the total to 454. At least 62 Americans are among those infected but it is unclear if that figure includes the 14 who were evacuated.
The United States was the first country to evacuate its passengers from the ship. Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Italy were planning similar flights of passengers.
More than 73,000 people have now been infected with the virus worldwide, while 1,873 people have died from it. Overall, Japan has 419 confirmed cases of the virus, including one death. The United States has confirmed 15 cases within the country. Separately, one U.S. citizen died in China.
U.S. authorities had announced on Saturday that they would offer the 380 Americans on board the option to leave the ship. The evacuation was not mandatory but the Americans who chose not to leave the ship were warned they wouldn't be allowed to return to the U.S. 'for a period of time' that will be determined later by the Centres for Disease Control.
Those who arrived at Travis Air Force Base in California have been told they will be quarantined at the Westwind Inn on the base, which is the same place where those evacuated from Wuhan are being held. They will be kept in a separate part of the building to those who are already in quarantine.
The Americans who did evacuate the ship said they were frustrated about the additional two-week quarantine in the U.S. because they believed they would be able to walk free from the Diamond Princess when the ship's quarantine is scheduled to be lifted on Wednesday.
'It's like a prison sentence for something I did not do,' passenger Karey Mansicalco told CNN from her cabin. 'They are holding us hostage for absolutely no reason.'
'On cargo plane. You cannot Imagine. Crazy or worst dream ever,' American evacuee Gay Courter wrote on Facebook after boarding one of the flights at Tokyo International Airport.
Her husband Philip added: 'Huge windowless B-747 cargo plane with some seats bolted in. Destination unknown at this time.'
Americans Cheryl and Paul Molesky, a couple from Syracuse, New York, opted to trade one coronavirus quarantine for another, leaving the cruise ship to fly back to the U.S. Cheryl Molesky said the rising number of patients on the ship factored into the decision.
'We are glad to be going home,' Cheryl Molesky earlier told NHK TV in Japan. 'It's just a little bit disappointing that we´ll have to go through quarantine again, and we will probably not be as comfortable as the Diamond Princess, possibly.'
When they eventually boarded the plane with other Americans, Cheryl said: 'Well, we're exhausted, but we're on the plane and that's a good feeling. Pretty miserable wearing these masks though, and everybody had to go to the bathroom on the bus.'
Buses carrying U.S. passengers who were aboard the quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess, seen in background, leaves Yokohama port, near Tokyo, early Monday. The cruise ship was carrying nearly 3,500 passengers and crew members
U.S. passengers from the Diamond Princess are seen on charter buses taking them to Haneda Airport on Monday
Passengers are seen boarding one of two planes bound for the U.S. at Tokyo's Haneda airport late Sunday after they evacuated the Diamond Princess cruise ship
A bus carrying U.S. passengers who were aboard the quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, before the passengers board a Kalitta airplane chartered by the U.S. government
Other Americans on board the cruise ship declined to evacuate the Diamond Princess, despite being warned they will still have to wait two weeks and test negative for the virus before being allowed back to the United States.
They feared being on a long flight with other passengers who may be infected or in an incubation period.
'My health is fine. And my two-week quarantine is almost over. Why would I want to be put on a bus and a plane with other people they think may be infected when I have spent nearly two weeks isolated from those people?' Matt Smith, an American lawyer on the ship with his wife, tweeted.
Coronavirus spreads to EIGHT Americans among 61 patients on quarantined cruise ship off Japan - as Florida passenger says: 'I'm scared, I don't want to leave in a box'
An American citizen has died from CoronaVirus in China, the US government has confirmed.
The US national passed away Thursday from the virus in Wuhan - the epicenter of the outbreak.
Officials have not released the name or gender of the 60-year-old victim, who was is the first-known American to die from the illness.
The US Embassy in Beijing released a statement Saturday morning which read: 'We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss.
'Out of respect for the family's privacy, we have no further comment.'
As of Saturday morning US time, coronavirus - which has triggered global alarm - has infected more than 34,500 people and killed more than 700.
The number of fatalities has now surpassed the death toll from the SARS outbreak of 2003, according to Al-Jazeera.
At least 25 countries have now confirmed cases of coronavirus, including the US, where 12 people have been struck down with the infection.
An American citizen has died from coronavirus in China, the US government has confirmed. Medical staff are pictured at work in an isolated intensive care unit of a Wuhan hospital on Thursday
On Friday, the last two flights that the US State Department chartered to evacuate Americans from the coronavirus outbreak's epicenter in Wuhan landed in Texas and California after one passenger on each showed symptoms of the infection, forcing the planes to be held temporarily.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sources told Fox that there were 'two persons of interest' had started to show signs of the virus, such as cough, trouble breathing or fever.
The first plane landed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego after being paused in Vancouver, Canada.
A second plane slated landed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas - with its final destination at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska - after being held at Travis Air Force Base in California.
There are currently 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, with the most recent confirmed on Wednesday in an unidentified Wisconsin patient
Elsewhere, coronavirus is currently causing panic in Singapore, where 33 cases have been reported.
On Saturday, anxious shoppers in the city-state formed long lines at grocery stores and cleared the shelves of essential items, after the government raised its alert level over the outbreak.
Singapore raised the alert level Friday to 'orange' --the same as during the deadly SARS outbreak, indicating the virus is severe and passes easily between people.
The announcement has triggered panic among the 5.7 million, with shoppers -- many wearing masks -- rushing to stock up on items including rice, noodles and toilet paper.
More than 41,500 cases have been confirmed in at least 25 countries and territories around the world and more than 630 people - all but two of whom were in China - have died
Pictures circulating on social media showed empty shelves in some stores, carts filled with goods and long lines at counters in Singapore
A nurse feeds water to a patient in the isolation ward in a hospital in Wuhan on Thursday
Pictures circulating on social media showed empty shelves in some stores, carts filled with goods and long lines at counters.
'I'm afraid that if they further raise the alert level, we will not be able to go out,' a 50-year-old housewife, who did not want to be named, told AFP after leaving a grocery store.
The highest level on Singapore's four-point scale for dealing with disease outbreaks is 'red', one above 'orange'.
The government urged calm, with Trade Minister Chan Chun Sing saying there was no need to rush out to buy crucial supplies.
'There is no risk of us running a shortage of essential food or household items,' he wrote on Facebook.
Singapore raised its alert level amid a growing number of virus cases in citizens with no recent travel history to mainland China and no known links to previous infections.
Hong Kong has also been hit by a wave of panic-buying in recent days as it seeks to battle the virus, with supermarket shelves frequently emptied of crucial goods.
NYC tests first suspected coronavirus case as man in Boston becomes EIGHTH person diagnosed in US while the Pentagon prepares 1,000 quarantine beds and new study says 75,000 could be infected globally
An elderly US woman on a quarantined cruise ship has voiced the fear that she will 'leave in a box' after another 41 passengers including eight Americans were infected with coronavirus.
The passenger from Florida relayed her message to a CNN reporter late Thursday from on board the Diamond Princess, which is being held in a two-week lockdown off the coast of Japan.
'We are scared... I don't want to leave this ship in a box', she said.
Rebecca Frasure is one of the US citizens quarantined aboard the ship alongside her husband. She was shocked when a doctor on board the ship knocked on her door to inform her that her throat swab had tested positive for the virus, as she had no symptoms other than a cough.
In a Skype interview with CNN, Rebecca said: 'I don't know what's going to happen an hour from now, tomorrow. For all we know, we could stay quarantined on the ship for a month.'
Another American couple on the Diamond Princess, novelist Gay Courter and her husband Philip, are in their 70s. While they are among the passengers that have access to a balcony, they have expressed concerns they are stuck in an unsafe environment with people breathing air which is circulated throughout the whole ship.
Mrs Courter said: 'We're in a contaminated prison, possibly...
'This is not a safe environment and we don't think anybody, let alone the Japanese government, wants to be responsible for making a bad decision about quarantining us in an unsafe place.'
Rebecca Frasure (pictured) is one of the US citizens quarantined aboard the ship alongside her husband. She was shocked when a doctor on board the ship knocked on her door to inform her that her throat swab had tested positive for the virus, as she had no symptoms other than a cough
Another American couple on the Diamond Princess, novelist Gay Courter and her husband Philip (pictured together), are in their 70s. While they are among the passengers that have access to a balcony, they have expressed concerns they are stuck in an unsafe environment with people breathing air which is circulated throughout the whole ship
Husband Phil posted a view from their balcony showing ambulances being loaded with passengers and crew sick with the coronavirus. 'We go to sea tomorrow to produce needed water and hope that the quarantine is successful in preventing more infections,' he said
Husband Philip posted a picture of the view from their balcony showing ambulances being loaded with passengers and crew sick with the coronavirus.
'We go to sea tomorrow to produce needed water and hope that the quarantine is successful in preventing more infections,' he said.
'We likely won't hear news about that until tomorrow night. If there are no infections, we may have an end to the confinement on the 19th. Sure hope the microscopic virus organisms aren't circulating in the ship's air system.'
The number of infected people on board the ship tripled from 20 to 61 last night after another 41 people tested positive for the deadly virus.
There are eight Americans among the 41 newly diagnosed passengers, along with 21 Japanese nationals, five Canadians, five Australians, a Briton and an Argentine.
The eight new US cases bring the number of infected Americans aboard the ship to 11.
The huge leap in virus cases has added to concerns among the ship's 2,600 passengers that they are being kept in the dark about the crisis, with the quarantine expected to continue until February 19.
The new cases, all passengers who are in their 20s to 80s, will be taken to medical facilities in Tokyo and nearby Saitama Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures as well as Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan.
At least one person is reported in serious condition, although the person also has a pre-existing health matter. None of the others afflicted by the virus have severe symptoms, Japan's health ministry said.
An elderly woman's chilling message from a cruise ship which has remained quarantined off the coast of Japan with a coronavirus crisis was tweeted by a news reporter
A post from a Twitter user who said they also were on board the reveals images of medical teams in protective suits treating passengers, who also were shown congregating in a dining area.
Health workers in protective gear were still working in Yokohama Bay as darkness fell on Friday with the Diamond Princess in quarantine
Another post shows a team sorting medical supplies at the base of a staircase on the cruise ship
A post on social media reveals passengers congregating in a dining area on the Diamond Princess
A letter from the captain of the Diamond Princess sent to passengers Thursday
Posts from a Twitter user on board the Diamond Princess who posts under the handle @daxa_tw reveal images of medical teams in protective suits walking through the halls of the cruise ship.
Another post shows the a team sorting medical supplies, while a third reveals passengers congregating in a dining area.
The same Twitter user also posted a letter from the captain from Thursday, reporting updates on the numbers of people infected and the measures being taken by the crew, including delivering room service to 'over 1500 staterooms' to comfort passengers.
'I thank everyone for their patience,' the captain wrote, 'and that you understand the crew are working extremely hard for you.'
Two US passengers, Roger and Karey Maniscalco, told Good Morning America that 'inside, nothing has changed - we're still in our cabins. It's a little scary to be on board and the numbers just keep climbing.'
Passengers who show symptoms such as fever may now face additional testing, with the quarantine due to continue until February 19.
Others have voiced fears about dwindling medical supplies, including a Japanese passenger who held up a sign from her balcony declaring a 'shortage of medicine' in Yokohama Bay today.
President Trump weighed in on the virus outbreak today, hailing his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for being 'strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack' against the virus.
There are also fears over a cruise ship arriving in New Jersey today carrying 12 passengers who have been quarantined over possible virus infection. The passengers will be tested on arrival.
Separately, a student at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania is being tested for coronavirus after suffering from 'minor' respiratory issues.
It is not clear whether the student had visited China, but several other attendees of the college had visited the virus-stricken country in recent times.
A woman holds a Japanese flag that reads 'shortage of medicine' on the cruise ship Diamond Princess as another 41 people tested positive for the deadly coronavirus on Friday
American Airlines and Delta to stop ALL flights to China next week for at least one MONTH due to deadly coronavirus in unprecedented move
New York is testing its first suspected case of coronavirus as a man in Boston is confirmed to be the eighth person to be diagnosed with the disease.
Health officials in New York confirmed that a person in their 40s who recently returned from China has been suffering from symptoms that include cough, fever and shortness of breath.
The patient, who is being treated at Bellevue Hospital, has tested negative for other possible causes for his illness.
The city's health commissioner, Dr Oxiris Barbot said: 'This is exactly what we prepared for and we thank everyone for taking all the right steps.'
It will take 48 hours to determine whether the patient tests positive to coronavirus.
It's not clear where in New York the person being tested lives, or when the person arrived in the city from China. However, when they started feeling ill they saw their health provider who contacted city officials.
The virus has killed 259 people in China, and studies have projected that up to 75,000 people in Wuhan - where the virus originated - could be infected.
In the US, eight people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, with a Boston college student being the latest person to be diagnosed on Friday, January 31.
According to officials in the commonwealth, the man, a resident of The Hub, recently traveled to Wuhan.
A person in their 40s who is suspected of having coronavirus is being treated at Bellevue Hospital in New York City
In the US, eight people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, with a Boston college student being the latest person to be diagnosed on Friday, January 31
The student is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, according to WCVB-TV.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission were notified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the positive test results late Friday evening.
After returning to Massachusetts, the man sought treatment, according to health officials.
He returned from Wuhan and landed at Logan International Airport in Boston on Tuesday. The student sought medical attention the next day.
Since his return, he has been placed in isolation and his symptoms are being closely monitored.
'Our priority is not only to protect and inform the residents of Boston but also to help this man continue to recover. We are pleased that he is doing well,' Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Rita Nieves said.
Massachusetts health officials said on Saturday that the first case of coronavirus in the state has been confirmed. The infected person is a student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston (above). He is a male in his twenties who recently traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak
A man wears a mask in Chicago's Chinatown following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on Thursday
'Right now, we are not asking Boston residents to do anything differently. The risk to the general public remains low.
'And we continue to be confident we are in a good position to respond to this developing situation.'
Elsewhere in the US, three confirmed cases have been reported in California and one each in Washington State and Arizona.
There have been two cases reported in Illinois - the second case being the first time that the disease has been transmitted from person to person in the US.
The viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 11,900 people globally.
On the mainland, 11,791 cases have been confirmed.
In addition, Hong Kong has 12 cases and Macao has five.
Most of the 259 deaths have been in central Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in December.
Experts believe that the worst is yet to come.
According to a study which appeared in The Lancet on Saturday, the number of infected people in Wuhan is likely to reach as many as 75,815 people.
The number is the result of a study conducted by scientists from the University of Hong Kong.
It is based on the assumption that each infected person could have passed the virus on to 2.68 other people.
Coronavirus outbreak is declared a global emergency as SIXTH case is confirmed in the US after Chicago man is infected by his wife in first person-to-person spread in North America
American and Delta Airlines announced they are suspending flights to China in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak which has killed more than 200 people.
American suspended all flights to China Friday through March 27, while Delta was to stop service next week.
Delta said it is suspending all of its US flights to China starting this upcoming Wednesday, due to 'ongoing concerns' over the coronavirus.
The flight ban will last until April 30, the US carrier says.
So far, the flu-like illness has been blamed for the deaths of more than 200 people in China, which admitted it reacted too slowly to the outbreak
American says it was to evaluate its schedule for March 28 'and beyond' to make adjustments to the ban as necessary.
Until Delta's ban goes into effect, the carrier says it will continue to operate flights to accommodate those passengers who are able to leave China, the carrier said in a press release on its website.
The carrier said that the 'last China-bound flight departing the US will leave this Monday, with the last return flight back to the US departing China on Wednesday.
Delta plans to 'continue to monitor the situation closely and may make additional adjustments as the situation continues to evolve.'
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday that it was declaring the deadly coronavirus outbreak spreading from China to be a global health emergency.
The warning, officially known as a 'public health emergency of international concern' and defined as an 'extraordinary event', is the highest alert the UN health agency can issue.
Just one week ago, the organization decided to hold off the declaration as there was no evidence of human-to-human evidence outside of China.
However, in the week since, the number of cases surged ten-fold.
Additionally, Thursday was the first confirmed case of person-to-person case transmission of coronavirus in the US after a man in was infected from his wife, who had previously traveled to China.
'The main reason for this declaration is not for what is happening in China but because of what is happening in other countries,' Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, said at a press conference.
'Our greatest concern is for the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, which are ill prepared to deal with it.'
He added that the declaration didn't mean a 'vote of no confidence in China' and, in fact, congratulated the Chinese government for taking 'extraordinary measures' to contain the outbreak.
This marks the fifth time the WHO has made such a declaration since the rule to do was implemented in 2005: for the influenza pandemic of 2009, a resurgence of polio 2014, the Ebola crisis in 2014, the outbreak of Zika virus outbreak in 2016 and the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019.
Such a declaration does not give the WHO more money, but officials can make recommendation on travel or trade was well as mobilize public and political action.
The warning, officially known as a 'public health emergency of international concern', is the highest warning the WHO can give
The first person-to-person case of coronavirus has been confirmed in a Chicago man who was infected by his wife, who traveled to China