“As coronavirus prevention and control measures continue in China, new outbreaks of the respiratory disease COVID-19 in South Korea, Italy and Iran have health officials on high alert over the global spread of an illness that has infected nearly 77,000 people in China, with more than 2,400 deaths tied to the virus.
“In a meeting with Communist Party leaders on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping called the epidemic “severely complex,” noting that efforts to control the spread of the virus have entered a “crucial stage.”
“So far in the U.S., officials have confirmed 35 cases. Half of those are among repatriated passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was placed under quarantine in Japan.
“Meanwhile, other world leaders have been scrambling to halt the transmission of the illness in their countries and to calm public fears.”
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