MADRID, Jan. 31 (EUROPE PRESS) –
About 200 U.S. citizens evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, have been quarantined in California upon arrival in the United States, authorities have confirmed.
The director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Nancy Messonnier, has detailed that “a federal quarantine order for 195 passengers” has been issued on the flight with evacuees.
“While we recognize that this is an unprecedented measure, we face an unprecedented public health threat,” he said, as collected by the US television network NCBC.
Thus, Messonnier recalled that the new coronavirus can be spread before there are symptoms and has stressed that “it is a very serious public health situation.” “If we take firm action now we could reduce the impact on the United States,” he added.
The 195 passengers will be quarantined at an air base in Riverside County during the incubation period, which is fourteen days. They all arrived in the country on Wednesday and have been tested since then.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, created on Wednesday a work team with the mandate to face the outbreak of the new coronavirus, headed by the Secretary of Health, Alex Azar, and is in coordination with the National Security Council.
The Ministry of Health of China has reported on Friday that a total of 213 people have died in the country due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, while the number of affected amounts to 9,692, distributed in 31 Chinese provinces.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday its decision to declare the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China as an international health emergency.
Although China is the epicenter of the outbreak and the most affected country, the coronavirus has already spread to other countries in Southeast Asia and cases have also been detected in Europe and America.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
In 2003, more than 600 people died worldwide (349 in China) due to SARS or acute respiratory syndrome, which left 5,327 affected in nine months.