American citizens remained on high alert after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the first case of ‘community spread’ coronavirus in the United States. ‘Community spread’ has been defined as an infection that came from an unknown source, meaning the new patient was likely infected secondhand by another person in the U.S.
More than two dozen people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus and thousands remain under watch statewide. On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom stated 33 people have tested positive for the virus, while at least 8,400 people are also being monitored.
GOP congressman Will Hurd (R-Texas) said he trusts the information released by government agencies regarding the coronavirus threat in the U.S. In an interview Thursday, he said the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services have been preparing for this type of case dating back to the days of the avian and swine flu scares.
On Wednesday, President Trump delivered an update on the handling of the coronavirus in the U.S. He emphasized that the administration’s number one priority is to keep the American people safe.
In a drastic move, the city of San Francisco has declared a state of emergency to strengthen the city’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
President Trump recently blasted the mainstream media for causing unnecessary alarm about the coronavirus. He took to Twitter Wednesday to state that NBC and CNN are “doing everything possible” to make the coronavirus outbreak seem “as bad as possible.”
China has deployed at least 40 industrial incinerators to the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. Conflicting reports said the machines, which can reportedly handle about five tons of material per day, are either being used to dispose of animal carcasses or medical waste.
A top Trump administration official recently shot down rumors suggesting the coronavirus is a Chinese bioweapon. While speaking to reporters at an event in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, the assistant secretary for health said they currently have no information to prove it is a manufactured virus.
The number of coronavirus cases in China has skyrocketed over the last 24 hours. On Friday, the Chinese government reported 5,000 new cases and 121 new deaths.