Five Wuhan coronavirus cases now confirmed in the US
From CNN Health’s Elizabeth Cohen and Jamie Gumbrecht
Five cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Sunday.
One new case was confirmed in Arizona and two cases were confirmed in California. Cases had previously been confirmed in Illinois and Washington state. All the cases were in people who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China.
2:28 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020
China to extend Lunar New Year holiday to control Wuhan coronavirus outbreak
From CNN’s Steven Jiang
Chinese authorities announced they would extend the week-long Lunar New Year holiday which was supposed to run through January 30, to now run until February 2, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.
The decision came after a government committee on the prevention and control of the virus held a meeting to address the outbreak.
Earlier in the week, Hong Kong announced it will extend the Lunar New Year holiday for schools until February 17 to prevent transmission of the virus. Several universities also suspended classes until that date.
2:21 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020
Eight confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in Hong Kong
From CNN’s Bex Wright
There are now eight confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in Hong Kong, according to a government press release.
The health department said it was continuing its epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing of the eight confirmed cases.
This brings the total number of cases outside mainland China to 50, in an outbreak that has infected over 2,000 people worldwide and killed 56 in China.
2:06 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020
Fourth case of Wuhan coronavirus confirmed in the US
From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the county, according to a statement from the department. It is the fourth confirmed case in the United States.
Public Health officials in the county said there is no immediate threat to the public and no special precautions are required, but urged residents in Los Angeles to "practice good public health hygiene."
"Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal, state and local agencies to monitor this novel coronavirus that has emerged from Wuhan, China, over the past few weeks. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available," the department said in a statement.
The three other confirmed cases in the US were found in:
Orange County, California
1:12 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020
WHO director-general headed to China to assist with coronavirus response
From CNN's Karen Smith and Ben Tinker
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced in a series of Tweets on Sunday that he is headed to China to assist with response efforts to the coronavirus.
“We are working 24/7 to support [China] & its people during this difficult time & remain in close contact with affected countries, with our regional & country offices deeply involved. @WHO is updating all countries on the situation & providing specific guidance on what to do to respond,” Ghebreyesus said in a separate tweet.
“Building on experience and systems already in place for related pathogens, @WHO has activated global networks of experts, quickly developed advice for countries everywhere, and is working with them to activate their response systems. #coronavirus”
12:37 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020
Top NIH doctor wants China to invite US disease detectives to inspect Wuhan coronavirus data
From CNN Health’s Elizabeth Cohen
The United States’ top infectious disease doctor wants a team of disease detectives from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to go to China and check on crucial questions about how the Wuhan coronavirus is spreading.
But there’s one problem: China first has to invite the CDC.
“Up to now, to my knowledge, we have not been invited,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the US National Institutes of Health.
A CDC spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on Sunday. NIH and CDC are separate divisions of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
On Sunday, Ma Xiaowei, China’s health minister, told reporters that the virus could spread before someone develops symptoms. If so, that means the virus will spread much more quickly than expected.
Ma did not explain how Chinese authorities arrived at this conclusion.
“The implications for this are so important that in my mind it’s absolutely critical that we ourselves see the data, because what goes on over there has implications for what happens here,” Fauci said.
Fauci said that CDC disease detectives would need to see precisely how Chinese health authorities have gathered their data.
“To my knowledge, we have not seen the precise minute, granular data and how they collected it,” he said. “We need to get to the real bottom line of how they collected their data and see if it’s valid.”
“The Chinese have good people. I don’t want to impugn their capabilities,” Fauci added. “But when it’s something as important as this, our people who are trained epidemiologists need to go over their data and the best way to do that is go there and see how they’re collecting it.”
He added that to his knowledge, the Chinese did not tell US health authorities that the virus could spread before someone is symptomatic, a crucial aspect of any disease investigation. He said he learned about it after reading a CNN reporter’s email.
12:27 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020
2020 Fed Cup qualifier moved from China amid coronavirus fears
From CNN’s Wayne Sterling
The International Tennis Federation announced on Sunday that February’s regional Fed Cup qualifying event will be moved from Dongguan, China, to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
"The decision to move the event to a different venue was taken due to increasing travel restrictions in China, P.R. at the present time and followed consultation with independent security advisors,” the ITF said in a statement.
The event will take place February 4 - 8. The top two teams advance to the Fed Cup playoffs in April.
12:05 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020
Hong Kong bars residents and visitors from Hubei province from Monday
The Hong Kong government are not allowing residents from Hubei province, and people who visited the province in the past 14 days, from entering its territory.
The restrictions started at midnight Monday, (11 a.m. ET Sunday), the government said in a statement issued Sunday.
The statement added that Hong Kong residents were excluded from this order.
11:29 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020
Women's Olympic qualifiers moved from China amid coronavirus fears
From CNN’s AJ Davis in Atlanta and Tara John in London
Sydney will now replace the Chinese city of Nanjing as the host of a women's Olympic qualifying tournament next month due to the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus, according to sporting officials.
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) informed the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that it is withdrawing as host because of the “current situation” of the coronavirus outbreak, AFC said in a statement on its website.
The venue had already been switched from Wuhan, where the disease originated, to Nanjing.
The Group B matches -- involving Taiwan, Thailand, China and Australia -- will now happen in Sydney, AFC added.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) chairman Chris Nikou said in the statement on Sunday that the safety of all players, officials, and fans is the main concern for the FFA and the AFC.
“We are confident we will host a success tournament here in Sydney,” said Nikou.