Coronavirus

Updated at 9:40 p.m. ET

The World Health Organization announced Thursday that the outbreak of a deadly and fast-spreading strain of coronavirus constitutes a global health emergency.

"Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed the emergence of a previously unknown pathogen, which has escalated into an unprecedented outbreak and which has been met by an unprecedented response," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

Updated at 9:40 p.m. ET

The deadly strain of coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan has now spread to every part of mainland China, from Shanghai to Tibet. The rapid increase caused the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency and prompted Russia to close its long border with China.

Late Thursday, the U.S. State Department also issued a "do not travel" advisory for China.

If you live in the U.S., your risk of contracting the new strain of coronavirus identified in China is exceedingly low.

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On this Wednesday, Jan. 29, episode of Sundial:

A local infectious-disease expert on Coronavirus

Thousands of visitors are descending upon Miami for the Super Bowl LIV this weekend and with concerns about the coronavirus, Miami International Airport has installed quarantine stations with dedicated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff to screen for the disease.

South Florida Students Told To Stay Home After Possible Exposure To Coronavirus

Jan 29, 2020
The Benjamin School / Courtesy

Thirty high school students in Palm Beach County have been told to stay home because they may have been exposed to coronavirus at a weekend conference.

The group had attended a Model United Nations event at Yale University in Connecticut that was cut short when the university notified participants that a student from China with a cough and fever had been taken to Yale New Haven Hospital. The Chinese student tested positive for influenza and has been isolated while awaiting test results for coronavirus.

More than a dozen cities in the Chinese province of Hubei are under official lockdown. And some cities and villages are taking it upon themselves to seal off their communities — even if their actions aren't legal.

It's all to prevent the spread of a new strain of coronavirus that has killed over 130 people and sickened more than 5,900 in China.

What do these measures consist of? And do scientists think they will help contain this rapidly spreading virus?

The strictest quarantine is in Wuhan, a city of 11 million that's the epicenter of the outbreak.

Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET

Public health officials around the world were responding to the fast-growing outbreak of the new coronavirus, as officials in China, at the epidemic's epicenter, announced that the number of cases there had reached nearly 6,000.

The World Health Organization announced that it would send international health experts to China to help understand the outbreak and guide the response.

Miami To Get Coronavirus Quarantine Station

Jan 28, 2020
Achmad Ibrahim / Associated Press

Miami — with its large number of international travelers — is one of 20 cities that will get a quarantine station at its airport to help contain the spread of coronavirus in the United States.

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