As of Thursday, Jan. 30, the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus as a global health emergency. This is an upgrade in severity from previous days as the outbreak has spread outside of China, where it originated in the city of Wuhan.
The number of confirmed cases has risen to more than 8,000, with Chinese officials reporting 171 deaths total. In the U.S., there have been six confirmed cases. Roughly 200 Americans were evacuated from Wuhan and arrived in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, U.S. health officials confirmed the first case in which the virus spread from person to person within the states.
Infections have also been confirmed in Canada, Cambodia, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
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