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They added the U.S. was contributing to the international panic surrounding the illness, according to a report by Reuters.Three people in New York City are also being tested for the coronavirus after they made recent trips to mainland China, according to the state's department of public health."We are continuing to work closely with our partners at the CDC, State, and federal government as the coronavirus situation evolves,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “If you have traveled to the area affected by the outbreak in the last 14 days and feel unwell, call your doctor or visit a clinic, and you will be cared for."2ND CASE OF CORONAVIRUS CONFIRMED IN BAY AREA, MARKING 9TH CASE IN USTest results conducted by the CDC will take roughly 36-48 hours to determine if the three people in New York City were infected with the virus.Weeks after China announced the outbreak of the coronavirus, the international community has increased measures to prevent a widespread epidemic.The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global emergency as it spreads to countries outside of China and the number of infected patients continues to grow. The 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan was hospitalized last week with a fever, cough and sore throat, and died after developing severe pneumonia, according to the Philippines health department.The WHO said the number of cases will keep growing as tests are pending on thousands of suspected cases.Where is the virus?Roughly 99 percent of new cases have appeared in China with the vast majority of the cases in Hubei province and its provincial capital, Wuhan -- the epicenter of the virus.About 150 cases have been reported in at least 25 countries globally.The United Kingdom announced on Friday it has two cases of the virus, who are reportedly members of the same family.CORONAVIRUS MAY HAVE SPRUNG FROM 'PERFECT MIXING POT,' INFECTIOUS DISEASE DOCTOR SAYS"The patients are receiving specialist NHS [National Health Service] care, and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus," said Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer.France -- 6 casesRussia -- 2Spain -- 1Thailand -- 19Australia -- 12Germany -- 10Canada -- 4Japan -- 20Malaysia -- 8South Korea -- 15Taiwan -- 10United Arab Emirates -- 5Vietnam -- 8Sri Lanka -- 1Philippines -- 2 (1 death)Nepal -- 1Finland --1Cambodia -- 1India -- 1Singapore -- 16Italy -- 2Differences between coronavirus and the flu?The flu has estimated to have killed roughly 10,000 to 25,000 people with nearly 19 to 26 million infected in the U.S. between October 1, 2019, and January 25, 2020, according to the CDC. They also blocked tour groups from China.China has cut off access to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, trapping more than 50 million people.Japan bars foreign nationals who had been to Hubei province.Carnival and Royal Carribean denying boarding of people who travel to China within 14 days.Italy suspended all flights to China.CHINA DEPLOYS 1,400 MILITARY DOCTORS, NURSES TO STAFF MAKESHIFT HOSPITALS IN WUHANSouth Korea urged an increase in its level of caution to "restraint" when traveling to China.Hong Kong reduced half its flights and shut down rail service to mainland China.Delta suspended service to China on Feb. 6.United's pilots, concerned for their safety, were able to drop trips to China without pay, a union memo said, according to Reuters.American Airlines suspended L.A. flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing.The Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents 15,000 pilots for American Airlines filed a lawsuit to halt service with the airline, citing “serious, and in many ways still unknown, health threats posed by the coronavirus.""I am directing all APA pilots to cease flight operations between the United States and China," said APA president Eric Ferguson.

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