Several countries confirm first or second coronavirus cases, including U.S., France, Nepal, Japan, and South Korea

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      As the number of coronavirus cases steadily increase, several more countries outside China have reported their first or second cases.

      The number of coronavirus cases in China has soared to 830 with 26 deaths, according to Chinese state media. With 16 cases outside China, the worldwide total is at 846.

      At the epicenter of the outbreak, a coronavirus-dedicated 1,000-bed hospital is being built in six days in Wuhan, China. Despite the Lunar New Year on Saturday (January 25), the city has been placed under quarantine and at least 10 Chinese cities have been included in an expanding shut down of transportation systems.

      Today (January 24), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control stated the second U.S. case of coronavirus was confirmed in a 60-year-old female traveler from Wuhan who arrived in Chicago, Illinois.

      The first cases in Europe appeared when France confirmed two cases today, in Bordeaux and near Paris. A third case in France was later confirmed today.

      Nepal reported its first case today.

      Japan and South Korea each reported second confirmed cases.

      In the U.K., 14 suspected cases tested negative for the virus.

      While several suspected cases were under investigation in Canada (five in Quebec and one in Vancouver), none have been confirmed as positive yet.

      After two days of deliberations, the World Health Organization decided on January 23 not to declare an international public health emergency at this point but may do so in the future.

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