Jan 30, 2020

China confirms coronavirus cases in all regions

Binjiang Dao, at downtown Tianjin, a major port city in northeastern China. Photo: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

Coronavirus has now reached every region in mainland China, with health authorities confirming the first confirmed case in Tibet on Wednesday.

The big picture: 170 people have died and 7,711 confirmed cases in China were reported early Thursday, as the WHO prepares to hold talks on whether coronavirus is a global health emergency. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference the progress of the virus in some countries, "especially human-to-human transmission, worries us."

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WHO declares deadly coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: Naohiko Hatta - Pool/Getty Images

The World Health Organization declared the fast-spreading strain of coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced Thursday.

Why it matters: Ghebreyesus said the organization made the declaration not because of the outbreak in China, but out of fear it could spread to countries that do not have the capacity to contain it. The threat is WHO’s highest alert level.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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U.S. issues "do not travel" advisory for China

Hong Kong on Jan. 30. Photo: Yat Kai Yeung/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The State Department advised Americans not to travel to China on Thursday and recommended that those currently in the country consider leaving, following WHO's global public health emergency declaration.

Why it matters: The U.S. now considers travel to China as dangerous as going to North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Somalia because of the coronavirus.

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