Coronavirus cases jump 7,500 over weekend; 1st related death outside of China reported

As of 4 p.m., Feb. 3, there are 17,496 confirmed coronavirus cases — a jump of over 7,500 over the weekend — and 362 related deaths.  

Key outbreak updates:

1. Eleven cases have been confirmed in the U.S., according to CNN. Three more cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed Feb. 2, all in California. Cases have now been confirmed in California (6), Illinois (2), Arizona, Washington and Massachusetts. There have been two human transmission cases in the U.S. so far, both between a patient and their spouse.

2. The Trump administration declared the coronavirus a national public health emergency Jan. 31. Entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who have traveled to China in the past two weeks is temporarily suspended as of Feb. 2, according to CNBC. 

3. The CDC quarantined 195 Americans who were evacuated from Wuhan on Jan. 31. U.S. citizens who have been to China's Hubei province — which includes Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak — within the past two weeks will now be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days.

4. Phillipine officials reported the first coronavirus death outside of China Feb. 2. The 44-year-old man died Feb. 1 after developing severe pneumonia due to viral and bacterial infections.  

5. China opened a 1,000-bed emergency hospital built in 10 days, NBC News reports.  The hospital built specifically for coronavirus patients opened Feb. 3 in Wuhan. A 7,000-person crew worked 24/7 to construct the hospital, which covers 645,000 square feet.

6. China accused the U.S. of spreading panic over the outbreak, the New York Post reports. The Chinese government Feb. 3 said the U.S. has created a panic by evacuating its citizens from China and restricting travel instead of offering help. 

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