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Coronavirus Live Updates: US Investigating 110 People

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Coronavirus Live Updates: US Investigating 110 People

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus has sickened thousands around the world and killed dozens. The virus continues spreading to new countries.

It has no vaccine and no known cure.

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5:30 p.m. UTC—US Investigating 110 Cases

The United States has 110 people under investigation, or PUIs, across 26 states, health officials said around noon EST on Monday.

“This is a cumulative number and will only increase,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a phone call with reporters.

Thirty-two people have tested negative and five have tested positive.

Some of the patients have been identified through screening at airports while others have reported to their doctors when they develop symptoms and the doctors, noting patient history or contact, notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Suspicious cases feature people with a fever and a respiratory illness who either traveled to Wuhan or had contact with someone with Wuhan.

Once the local or state health department learns of a case, they contact the CDC. If they jointly decide to test the patient, results take somewhere around a day to finalize, depending on the geographic area and other factors.

The CDC is developing testing kits and is working on distributing them to priority areas across the country.

Coronavirus Live Updates: US Investigating 110 People A woman checks her son’s forehead in the locked-down city of Wuhan in China on Jan. 27, 2020. (Getty Images)

4:30 p.m. UTC—Johnson & Johnson Working on Vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s chief scientific officer said he is “pretty confident” that his company can create a vaccine for the new coronavirus, which is spreading to a growing number of countries from China.

No vaccine or cure currently exists for the coronavirus, which has been deadly for some people.

“We have dozens of scientists working on this so we’re pretty confident we can get something made that will work and stay active for the longer term,” Dr. Paul Stoffels said during an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.

Stoffels said that scientists at the company created an Ebola vaccine in six months but it would be similar to an approach taken in the case of the Zika virus, where they had to start from scratch.

Read more here.

Coronavirus Live Updates: US Investigating 110 People A young Chinese visitor wears a protective mask as she tours the nearly empty grounds of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China on Jan. 27, 2020. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

3:30 p.m. UTC—Cambodia Confirms First Case

Cambodian officials on Monday said a patient in the country tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus for the first time.

Health Minister Mam Bunheng said that the patient is a Chinese national who is in Sihanoukville, a city of about 90,000 on the southwest coast, the Bangkok Post reported.

The man traveled to the coastal city from Wuhan in China earlier this month, Bunheng said.

“People who return from Wuhan city, Hubei province of the People’s Republic of China must regularly check their health and if they have fever symptoms, cough, running nose, …please hurry to seek medical treatment at public health centers,” he said.

The coronavirus has spread to a number of Asian countries, including Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia.

Coronavirus Live Updates: US Investigating 110 People Mary Grace Baguio hugs a relative after arriving on a flight from Hong Kong at Pearson airport arrivals, shortly after Toronto Public Health received notification of Canada’s first presumptive confirmed case of coronavirus, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Jan. 26, 2020. (Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

2 p.m. UTC—Canada Confirms Two Cases

Officials in Canada said that the wife of the man who was the country’s first person infected with the Wuhan coronavirus also tested positive for the virus.

The woman has been in self-imposed isolation since she and her husband arrived in Toronto last week, officials said. The couple flew on a China Southern Airlines flight that department from Guangzhou.

They originally departed from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus.

Dr. David Williams, chief medical officer of health, said that risk to other Canadians remains low at this time.

“We are working alongside Toronto Public Health, who has been in regular contact with the individual during their self-isolation period,” said Dr. Williams in a statement. “Given the fact that she has been in self-isolation, the risk to Ontarians remains low.”

Coronavirus Live Updates: US Investigating 110 People People wearing masks shop at a supermarket on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on Jan. 26, 2020. (cnsphoto via Reuters)

12 p.m. UTC—Australia Confirms Fifth Case

Health authorities in the Australian state of New South Wales have confirmed a 21-year-old woman has tested positive to coronavirus—making her the fifth person being treated in Australia.

A woman who was on the last flight out of Wuhan to arrive in Sydney has tested positive to coronavirus, taking to five the number of people being treated in Australia for the potentially deadly illness.

NSW Health on Monday afternoon confirmed a 21-year-old woman who arrived at Sydney Airport on Thursday subsequently developed symptoms and tested positive.

Chief health officer Dr. Kerry Chant said the woman was met at the airport by health officials and given advice on what to do if she became unwell—and she had followed that guidance.

Read more here.

Coronavirus Live Updates: US Investigating 110 People A worker wearing a hazardous materials suit takes the temperature of a passenger at the entrance to a subway station in Beijing on Jan. 26, 2020. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo)

11 a.m. UTC—China Tries to Contain Virus With Travel Restrictions

Chinese authorities are struggling to contain the new coronavirus outbreak as the death toll and number of confirmed cases continue to climb daily.

Authorities are adding travel restrictions throughout Hubei Province and in other areas to try to curb the virus, which has an unknown origin and keeps spreading to additional countries.

Cities like Wuhan have been quarantined while Beijing said it was banning all tour groups that leave from the capital to other Chinese cities and overseas.

Read more here.

Coronavirus Live Updates: US Investigating 110 People Workers from local disease control and prevention department in protective suits disinfect a residential area following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Ruichang, Jiangxi province, China on Jan. 25, 2020. (cnsphoto via Reuters)

9 a.m.—Virginia Probing Possible Cases

Virginia health officials said three people are under investigation for possibly having 2019 Novel Coronavirus, the new coronavirus from China.

Two people in central Virginia and one person in northern Virginia is under investigation, the state Department of Health said in a statement.

The people meet certain criteria provided by the CDC and are being tested to see if they have the virus.

Lab tests usually only take around five hours, but because of the volume of tests submitted from around the country tests are taking longer to process, officials with the agency said last week in a phone call with reporters. An official with the Virginia Department of Health told WTOP that the test results are expected later this week.

Cathy He, Zachary Stieber, Frank Fang, Nicole Hao, Reuters, and the AAP contributed to this report.

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