February 5 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 0228 GMT (1028 HKT) February 6, 2020
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11:55 a.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Two additional flights from Wuhan will land in Texas and Nebraska

From CNN Health’s Michael Nedelman & Ben Tinker 

On Wednesday morning, two flights carrying passengers from Wuhan, China -- the epicenter of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak -- arrived at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento, California.

After refueling, one of these planes is now en route to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California, and is expected to land shortly.

Later this week, two additional flights are scheduled to land in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One will arrive at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas; the other at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska.

12:13 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Last 24 hours saw most new coronavirus cases since the outbreak began

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau and Niamh Kennedy

Medical staff work in the isolation zone for coronavirus patients in a hospital in Huaibei, China on Wednesday.
Medical staff work in the isolation zone for coronavirus patients in a hospital in Huaibei, China on Wednesday. Credit: Feature China/Barcroft Media/ Getty Images

“In the last 24 hours, we had the most cases in a single day since the outbreak started,” the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday, in a press conference detailing the latest developments of the coronavirus outbreak.

The director-general referred to case numbers the WHO had recorded by 6 a.m. Geneva time Wednesday, adding the relatively small number of infections outside China gave “a window of opportunity to prevent this outbreak from becoming a broader global crisis.”

We continue to support the Chinese government’s efforts to address the outbreak at the epicenter, at the source, in Wuhan. We must not forget how difficult this is for the people of Wuhan,” Ghebreyesus added.

“Our greatest concern is about the potential for spread in countries with weaker health systems, and who lack the capacity to detect or diagnose the virus. We are only as strong as the weakest link,” he said.

11:41 a.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Zumba classes, sandwiches and hours of downtime -- Americans share their coronavirus quarantine

From CNN's AJ Willingham and Lucy Kafanov

It's a beautiful morning at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California. A handful of people are out and about on the grounds, including 27-year-old Jarred Evans. After his morning run, Evans may settle in with his laptop in the hotel where he's staying on base and do some work for his business. If he were so inclined, he could even go to a Zumba or kickboxing class to pass the time. For the most part, though, he and everyone else at the hotel are keeping to themselves.

They are under quarantine, after all.

American evacuee Jarred Evans at March Air Reserve Base in California.
American evacuee Jarred Evans at March Air Reserve Base in California. Courtesy Jarred Evans

Evans and 194 other people were evacuated from Wuhan aboard a chartered flight on January 28 to escape the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

The passengers from Evans' flight are one of several groups that have been quarantined after entering through the US airports designated to receive passengers from areas in China affected by the virus.

From those airports, groups are taken to military bases, hotels or other sites to wait out a federally-mandated 72-hour-quarantine.

Read the full story here.

11:29 a.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Two people sick with coronavirus flew to the US, but the other passengers haven't got ill

From CNN Health’s Elizabeth Cohen & John Bonifield 

CNN is first to report that two airline passengers flew to the United States while actively sick with Wuhan coronavirus, but passengers who sat near them did not become ill, according to a spokesperson for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The sick passengers are among the 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US. It’s significant that they were ill on the flights, since health authorities say people who are actively ill are most likely to infect others.

The two sick passengers traveled from China to Los Angeles International Airport on January 20 and January 22. The 14-day incubation period for the virus has since passed, so it’s believed that other people who were on the flights are no longer at risk for contracting the illness.

Health authorities got in touch with passengers who flew in the same rows as the sick passengers as well those in the two rows in front and behind. Local health officials told those passengers to look out for the symptoms of the coronavirus, including fever, coughing and trouble breathing. 

In addition to the nine travel-related cases of Wuhan coronavirus, two person-to-person cases have been confirmed in the United States, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 11.

11:09 a.m. ET, February 5, 2020

100 Princeton students were assessed as low risk -- though some are still choosing to self-quarantine

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

More than 100 students who had indicated they had been to China in the past 14 days have been assessed by university health officials and determined to be low-risk amid concerns of coronavirus -- meaning they are not required to self-quarantine, according to Michael Hotchkiss, deputy spokesperson for Princeton University.

However, a small number of students -- also assessed as low risk -- have indicated they are choosing to self-quarantine, and the university is assisting, Hotchkiss said.

No student has been sick or shown symptoms, university spokesperson Ben Chang told CNN.

10:31 a.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Adidas closes "significant number" of Chinese stores

From CNN’s Chris Liakos in London

People wearing face masks pass an Adidas story in Beijing on February 1.
People wearing face masks pass an Adidas story in Beijing on February 1. Credit: Artyom Ivanov/TASS/Getty Images

Adidas is shuttering a “significant number” of stores in China due to the coronavirus outbreak, the German sportswear company said in a statement Wednesday.

The company has around 12,000 Chinese outlets, including franchise stores.

Adidas also confirmed it is currently experiencing a negative impact on operations in China, adding it is too early to assess its magnitude.

9:50 a.m. ET, February 5, 2020

White House adviser says US will do "everything we can" to help China contain coronavirus

From CNN's Jamie Crawford, Vivian Salama and Kylie Atwood

The coronavirus in China is a “very dangerous and concerning virus” and the United States needs “to do everything we can to contain it now, and we’re there for the Chinese people,” Robert O’Brien, President Trump’s National Security Adviser, said Wednesday. 

Speaking at an event in Washington with foreign ambassadors, O’Brien said the recent flights sent to Wuhan to evacuate American citizens “were full of medical and other supplies” donated by faith-based groups to help China address the situation.

There was some very promising news in the last couple of days that China is welcoming the WHO into China to help address this terrible crisis with the Chinese. There will be an American component of the WHO team and so we’re going to do everything we can,” O’Brien said, adding that the US has “communicated to the Chinese that we are standing by and we are going to do everything we can to help China deal with this pandemic.”

 

9:38 a.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Two cruise ships quarantined amid coronavirus outbreak, stranding more than 5,000

From CNN's David Culver

People quarantined on two ships off Hong Kong and Japan are being given health screenings, and those with suspicious symptoms are being tested for coronavirus amid concerns they were exposed to the infection by other passengers.

9:04 a.m. ET, February 5, 2020

American, tested for coronavirus, describes what it's like to be on the quarantined cruise ship

From CNN's Paul P. Murphy

Spencer Fehrenbacher is onboard the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that's now been quarantined after 10 people onboard tested positive for the coronavirus.

He says that around 8:15 a.m. local time on Wednesday, the ship's captain made an announcement coronavirus infections. That's when they found out the ship would be quarantined for 14 days.  

Fehrenbacher is an American citizen and Canadian resident from Fort Langley, British Columbia, studying in Tianjin, China.

It's still unclear if passengers are going to be forced to stay in their rooms for the duration of the 14 days.  

 "They haven't specified any details about that yet and said they are waiting for further direction from the Japanese government," Fehrenbacher says.  

Fehrenbacher was even tested for the coronavirus last night around 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

"A quarantine officer showed up at my door and I was taken to an empty room that was being used as a testing room," he says. "They reviewed a quarantine questionnaire that I had to complete along [with] all of the other passengers."  

Courtesy Spencer Fehrenbacher
Courtesy Spencer Fehrenbacher

The coronavirus test was fairly simple: a swab on the left and right sides of his throat for about 10 seconds. The nurse who administered the test told them they were testing more 100 people. 

The individual also being tested in the photos is Dorian and another person that wishes to remain anonymous; both are Fehrenbacher's friends and classmates whom he's traveling with.  

Fehrenbacher was tested because, about a week ago, he says he went to the ship's hospital for a sore throat and fever.  

As for his mood, knowing that the ship has been quarantined, Fehrenbacher says it's "pretty good." 

"The Princess crew has been incredible in their support and communication up to this point," he says. "They're providing complimentary internet to everyone onboard to ensure that everyone is able to communicate with family and friends."

He says they are also working to deliver food and water to every single cabin."