The CDC reports a woman from Chicago has contracted the mysterious coronavirus, bringing the total number of US cases to two.
China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. Normally bustling streets, shopping malls, restaurants and other public spaces in Wuhan were eerily quiet. "To my knowledge, trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science," Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization's representative in China, told The Associated Press in an interview at the WHO's Beijing office.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a visit to Jamaica on Wednesday, cautioned nations against taking "easy money" from China, warning it could be counterproductive, in a second attack in as many days against China's economic role in the region. On Tuesday, he drew the ire of Chinese officials when he said "flashy" Chinese economic promises often produces debt dependency and erode the sovereignty of borrower nations.
The World Health Organization is meeting in Geneva to consider whether to declare a public health emergency as a deadly coronavirus spreads globally.
A new coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China, has now spread to the US and other countries. Here's what to know about symptoms, treatment and more.