2nd coronavirus case confirmed in US


NEW YORK A second U.S. case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in a patient in Chicago, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient, a woman in her 60s and a Chicago resident, had travelled to Wuhan, China, in December. She was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition, according to Illinois health officials. “We understand that some people are worried about this virus and how it may impact Americans,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said at a Friday news briefing. “The immediate risk to the U.S. public is low at this time,” Messonnier said. Sixty-three people in the U.S. are being evaluated to determine if they have coronavirus. Of those individuals, 11 have tested negative and two have tested positive for the virus. Patient samples are currently being tested at the CDC in Atlanta, and health officials are working to get those tests to states, which would speed diagnosis times.—AP