Health experts warn China travel ban would hinder coronavirus response

The Boston resident, who is in his 20s, returned to the USA earlier this week after traveling to Wuhan, China, where the outbreak of the respiratory infection began, said Dr. Jennifer Lo, medical director at the Boston Public Health Commission.

The latest US patient was identified only as a man in Santa Clara County, south of San Francisco, who became ill after traveling to China and has "self-isolated" at home, Sara Cody, director of public health for the county, told reporters.

The man flew into Logan Airport on January 28, before screening started, officials said during the Saturday afternoon press conference. Restrictions begin at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Some airlines, including British Airways and several Asian airlines, have discontinued all flights to China due to the outbreak, while Air Canada has only canceled selected flights to China. The country has introduced mandatory quarantine for citizens arriving from Hubei.

CDC Director Robert Redfield told reporters the USA government acted after the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Thursday over the spread of the respiratory disease.

By the end of the week, Namiesniowski said, there will be more public health officials in customs areas at the three airports to help border officials.

In China's Wuhan city, the epicentre of the deadly epidemic, hospitals are overwhelmed.

The commander of US forces in the Pacific banned travel to China for all service members and civilian personnel under his authority and ordered those now in China to leave immediately, officials said.

"Foreign nationals, other than immediate family of USA citizens and permanent residents. will be denied entry into the United States Health Secretary Alex Azar had announced".

"Yet, the recommendations stay".

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Hubei, the central province where the outbreak originated, accounted for all the new fatalities - 45.

Close to 12,000 people have come down with the coronavirus across the world; all but about 100 of the cases have been traced back to China.

The coronavirus has resulted in thousands of confirmed infections in more than 20 countries, with more than 99 percent of cases in China.

The first quarantines of USA citizens potentially exposed to coronavirus in China began hours before the White House announcement.

In Germany, five employees of a German auto parts supplier became ill after a Chinese colleague visited, including two who had no direct contact with the woman, who showed no symptoms of the virus until her flight back to China.

The federal quarantine order is the first since 1963, when a woman returned from a trip to Sweden during a smallpox outbreak and couldn't prove she had been vaccinated.

American Airlines said it was halting all flights starting Friday and running through March 27. "These agencies will continue to monitor the treatment and health of the affected person".

The province of Hubei, the center of the epidemic, remains under virtual quarantine, with roads sealed off and public transport shut down, but small numbers of travelers continue to breach the lockdown.

But Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on Friday that experts' understanding of the virus was still evolving.

World Health Organization spokesman, Christian Lindmeier, says closing borders will not keep out the virus.

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