January 22 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Steve George and Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Updated 10:05 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020
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4:41 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020

US concerned about Chinese transparency over coronavirus, says senior official

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler

The United States is concerned about transparency inside the Chinese government on the Wuhan coronavirus, said a senior State Department official Wednesday. 

“I do believe that the concern you see both inside China and internationally is a reflection of what we’ve seen in the past. 2003 was SARS, and a number of issues, where the government has been slow to respond out of fear of embarrassment or making things look worse than they are. And that reluctance to respond in a rapid manner doesn’t give the global community a secure feeling for this being managed inside China,” the official said.

However, there have been encouraging signs that China understands the gravity of the problem, the official added, which is particularly important in the lead up to the Spring Festival period, when millions of Chinese travel both at home and abroad. 

The US is in contact with “the folks in Wuhan and the Ambassador in Beijing,” said the official. There have been discussions about raising the travel advisory in response to coronavirus but nothing has been formally announced yet, they added.

4:34 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020

UK Foreign Office warns against all but essential travel to Wuhan

From Anastasia Graham-Yooll in London

The UK Foreign Office is warning people against traveling to Wuhan in China in all but essential cases.

In its latest advice to the outbreak of coronavirus, the Foreign Office says “enhanced monitoring” is in place for all flights arriving in the UK from Wuhan.

“In light of the latest medical information, including reports of some person-to-person transmission, and the Chinese authorities’ own advice, we are now advising against all but essential travel to Wuhan,” a Foreign Office spokesperson said.

There are currently three direct flights from Wuhan to the UK. The Foreign Office says a health team will be on hand to meet each plane as it arrives and to assess anyone feeling unwell.

3:49 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020

China is sharing information on coronavirus, says Chinese Embassy in US

From CNN’s Pierre Meilhan in Atlanta

China's National Health Commission is sharing information on the Wuhan coronavirus with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries, tweeted the Chinese Embassy in the United States.

“The genetic sequence of the new coronavirus has also been offered to WHO," said the embassy.

"The National Health Commission has organized four meetings with WHO experts and invited them to Wuhan for first-hand info.”

Information is also being shared with Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States and other countries as well as their embassies in China, according to the embassy.

3:08 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020

WHO needs more evidence to determine outbreak status

From CNN's Jack Guy

Top officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet again Thursday to decide whether to declare the Wuhan virus a "public health emergency of international concern."

The WHO's Emergency Committee met Wednesday in Geneva but decided more information was needed to declare the status of the outbreak and what recommendations should be made regarding it, including potential cross-border screening, greater surveillance and rolling out treatment programs.

"There was an excellent discussion during the committee today, but it was also clear that to proceed, we need more information," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general.

"The decision about whether or not to declare a public health emergency of international concern is one I take extremely seriously, and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence."

3:14 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020

Wuhan announces transportation lockdown 

From CNN's Steven Jiang in Beijing 

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Public transportation will be suspended in Wuhan starting tomorrow, according to an announcement from the city's coronavirus command center.

All city transportation will halt, including local buses, ferries, long-distance buses and subways. Wuhan's airport and railway stations will be “temporarily closed” for departing passengers.

When these services will re-open remains to be determined.

The command center also advised residents not to leave Wuhan unless they have a “special reason."

The measures aim to keep the virus from spreading, and to ensure public safety and health, according to the announcement. They take effect at 10 a.m. local time Thursday (9 p.m. ET Wednesday).

1:18 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020

CDC testing several people in US for possible Wuhan virus

From CNN Health’s Elizabeth Cohen

Amid an international outbreak of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received specimens from several people in the United States who've traveled to Wuhan, China, or who’ve had close contact with “someone under investigation,” according to CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund. 

Nordlund did not say whether these tests have been completed and the results are still unknown. 

The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 17 people and sickened more than 500, mostly in China but also in other countries such as Thailand, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

The CDC has the only laboratory in the United States that can test for this new virus.

On Tuesday, the CDC announced that the United States had its first case of the Wuhan coronavirus, a man in his 30s who lives in Washington, where he is hospitalized. The man recently returned from Wuhan.

12:41 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020

Five more Chinese provinces report new cases

From CNN's Steven Jiang in Beijing

Five Chinese provinces reported additional cases of the Wuhan coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people infected in mainland China to 547.

The worldwide number of cases has reached 555 on Wednesday. 

Hebei, Jiangsu, and Heilongjiang provinces each confirmed their first case, while Hubei province reported an additional 69 (this includes the city of Wuhan). Beijing reported an additional four cases.

The total number of provinces that have reported cases across mainland China has increased to 24, according to combined reports from China's national and provincial health authorities.

Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images
Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

9:29 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020

Wuhan's Olympic qualifying events canceled

From CNN's Matias Grez and Sean Coppack in London

The Olympic boxing qualifying tournament for Tokyo 2020 has been canceled due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the International Olympic Committee confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

The Asian Football Confederation also announced that the Olympic qualifying event for women's football has been moved from from Wuhan to Nanjing.

Tokyo 2020 takes place from July 24 to August 9.

Read the full story here.

12:03 p.m. ET, January 22, 2020

Decision from WHO emergency meeting expected soon

Top officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) convened for an emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday.

They are deciding whether the quickly developing coronavirus outbreak constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern," and what recommendations should be made regarding it, including potential cross-border screening, greater surveillance and rolling out treatment programs.

A decision is expected shortly. The WHO will hold a news conference at 7:00 p.m. Geneva time (1:00 p.m. ET).