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11 coronavirus cases now reported in US, including three more in California

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 11, with three more confirmed in California, health officials announced Sunday.

Two cases were identified in San Benito County, where a husband and wife have been diagnosed with the virus. The husband traveled to Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have originated, but the wife contracted the disease in the second person-to-person transmission in the U.S., according to a statement from local health officials.

These two patients have remained at home since the husband’s return to the U.S. The man was screened at San Francisco International Airport on Jan. 24 and was found to be healthy without symptoms. Both he and his wife developed symptoms days later.

Another case was reported in Santa Clara County, the second there, after a woman traveled from Wuhan to the area. Officials say the two cases in Santa Clara County are unrelated, CNN reported

California had earlier identified one case each in Orange and Los Angeles counties, bringing the state’s total to six. 

Outside of California, there are two cases in Chicago and one case each in Massachusetts, Arizona and Washington state. 

More than 17,000 cases have been diagnosed around the world, with the majority in China. The coronavirus has caused 361 deaths, all in China except for one death reported in the Philippines Sunday, CBS reported.

The World Health Organization declared a global emergency last week, and the Trump administration also announced a public health emergency Friday, amid the spread of the virus to more than 20 countries and territories. The U.S. has been evacuating citizens and personnel from China since Jan. 28.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying accused the U.S. of catalyzing public fear surrounding the coronavirus through its evacuations and ban on Chinese travelers to the country.

Updated at 8:02 a.m.

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