WHO declares coronavirus ‘global emergency’


(WEHT) – The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency after cases spiked more than tenfold in a week.

Health officials are reporting the first American case of person-to-person spread of the new virus from China.

The latest patient is married to the Chicago woman who got sick after she returned home from a trip to China.

This is at least the sixth case in the US.

The other five were travelers who fell ill after returning from China.

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(This story was originally published on January 30, 2020)

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