Coronavirus cases jump 1K in 1 day

As of 2 p.m., Jan. 29, there are 6,165 confirmed coronavirus cases — a jump of more than 1,000 in one day — and 133 related deaths.   

Key outbreak updates:

1. All 133 confirmed 2019-nCoV deaths occurred in China. 

2. Eighteen countries have confirmed cases of the respiratory infection. Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath, which can progress to pneumonia.

3. The CDC maintains the risk level is low in the U.S., as only five coronavirus patients have been identified nationwide. Reported in Arizona, California (2), Illinois and Washington, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission in the U.S., Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a Jan. 28 press conference. 

4. U.S. officials are dedicating $105 million to fight the outbreak, according to the New York Post. Announcing the funding on Jan. 28, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the illness is a "very serious public health threat" in China, but currently Americans "should not worry for their own safety."

Officials said antiviral drugs and a preventive vaccine are being developed, but that could take months.  

5. 2019-nCoV is more infectious but less severe than SARS, experts told CNBC. From 2002-03, SARS infected 8,098 people and subsequently killed 774. 

6. The U.S. evacuated 240 citizens from China the morning of Jan. 29, CNN reports. The California-bound chartered flight will stop in Alaska to refuel and screen passengers for coronavirus symptoms.

7. The Trump administration is considering a travel ban for all China-U.S. flights, according to CNBC. White House officials told U.S. airlines that China flights may be suspended, but no decision has been made yet. 

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