The new coronavirus, known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or the Wuhan coronavirus, has infected over 800 people in China and spread to at least six other countries since breaking out in December 2019.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold and severe illnesses such as SARS.
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2:30 p.m. UTC—California Officials Take Samples From Patients
At least nine people are being tested for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in a northern California county, health officials said.
Officials with the Alameda County Health Department told KRON4 that there are no confirmed cases out of the nine-plus people showing symptoms.
The patients either traveled to Wuhan, China, within the past 14 days or were in contact with someone else who was exposed to the virus.
Health officials said the patients had a high fever and a cough and that samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing.
12:30 p.m. UTC—Taiwan Confirms 2 New Cases of Virus
Taiwan health officials on the evening of Jan. 24 confirmed two new cases of the virus, bringing the total to three on the island.
A Chinese tourist, a woman in her 50s, and a Taiwanese man, also in his 50s, have been quarantined in hospital. Both had entered Taiwan on Jan. 21 and had been in Wuhan, officials said.
The Chinese woman went to a hospital with fever symptoms on Jan. 23.
The man started experiencing cold symptoms on Jan. 20 and went to a hospital on Jan. 23.