Number of US coronavirus cases of unknown origin climbs to four - International

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In all, the CDC reports that 451 people across the country have been tested for COVID-19.

Stephen Hahn, FDA Commissioner, said that upon knowing about the test issues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency has worked with CDC to determine that problems with some test components were due to the manufacturing defects.

The existing data do not support the concept of a pandemic so far, he said, highlighting that China has clearly shown that it is not necessarily the natural outcome of the COVID-19 epidemic if indispensable responses are made quickly.

All but four of those new cases were in Hubei, and 420 have been in its capital, Wuhan, in which the virus is thought to have originated at a marketplace which sold wild creatures.

"In retrospect, it seems like a bad decision", said a C.D.C. of high rank. official who requested anonymity and was not authorized to speak with the media.

The report says 78,961 of confirmed cases are confined to China.

"We do not see evidence as yet that the virus is spreading freely in communities", he added.

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The authors said the United States should still be prepared for coronavirus to gain a foothold in the USA, which might require isolation of ill people, closing schools and working from home.

"There certainly is the possibility of additional cases and we will continue to work aggressively to keep that number low", Messonnier said.

The coronavirus and its rapid spread from Wuhan, China -- where it was first reported on December 31-- to another 51 countries has garnered widespread attention.

"Widely available coronavirus testing will enable healthcare workers to quickly identify, isolate, and treat infected patients - especially those who might now be slipping under the radar because they have no direct links to China or to other infected individuals", the association said. In this way, there has been a stir in the administration after the Corona virus cases in Pakistan.

"Our epidemiologists have been monitoring these developments continuously, and we have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at a global level". Globally, more than 80,000 people in almost 50 countries have been infected.

The Northern California woman was not tested for several days after she was hospitalized because she did not fit CDC criteria, which include both symptoms of the virus and either a recent history of travel to China or close contact with another coronavirus patient.

Also on Friday, 2,885 people were discharged from the hospitals after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by 288 to 7,664, the NHC said.

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