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Coronavirus live updates: CDC quarantines Americans evacuated from Wuhan, airlines suspend China flights

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Via CNBC

This is a live blog. Please check back for updates.

All times below are in Eastern time.

2:31 pm: The slow race to make a coronavirus vaccine is on

U.S. and international health officials are speeding work to create a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus spreading throughout Asia, which has already outpaced the 2003 SARS epidemic and killed at least 213 people in China. Hopes to get a vaccine to market are high, but doctors want to set expectations for how quickly that can happen low. Developing, testing and reviewing any potential vaccine is a long, complex and expensive endeavor that could take months or even years, global health experts say.

1:15 pm: The CDC quarantines 195 Americans evacuated from Wuhan

U.S. health officials have quarantined 195 Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, taking the rare step of issuing a mandatory order for the first time in more than 50 years to help contain an outbreak of a new coronavirus that’s spread to roughly 10,000 people across the globe. “While we recognize this is an unprecedented action, we are facing an unprecedented public health threat,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on a conference call with reporters Friday.

11:34 am: Pentagon issues travel guidelines to troops

The Pentagon issued guidance to U.S. troops and civilian personnel serving abroad on how to respond to the coronavirus as a growing number of countries evacuate their citizens and diplomats from parts of China. “We’re aware of the concerns. The safety of our service members, civilian employees, and our citizens both here and abroad is of the utmost concern,” Army Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn wrote in an emailed statement to CNBC.

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10:30 am: Swedish health authority confirms first case

Sweden’s Public Health Agency said a woman tested positive for coronavirus and was being kept isolated at a hospital in southern Sweden, the country’s first confirmed case. The woman visited Wuhan and experienced symptoms after her return to Sweden, the agency said.

10:15 am: Delta, American will suspend all China flights starting Feb. 6

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are planning to suspend their already reduced service to China as the rapid spread of coronavirus hurts demand to the country for airlines around the world. Delta said its China service suspension will begin Feb. 6 and last through April 30, but it will continue to operate the service until then to “ensure customers looking to exit China have options to do so.” Dozens of carriers including United, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and others have slashed or suspended service to China because of the outbreak. Delta was the first in the U.S. to suspend service altogether.

10 am: Italy declares coronavirus emergency

Italy declared a six-month state of emergency after two Chinese tourists in the country tested positive for the coronavirus in the first cases detected in the country. The move will enable authorities to make rapid decisions if needed. Italy has already banned all flights to and from China. The two patients came from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, and fell ill during their trip to Italy.

7:30 am: China says confirmed cases of coronavirus climbs to nearly 10,000

6:50 am: Singapore, Mongolia ban Chinese travelers

Singapore’s health ministry banned entry to all Chinese visitors and foreigners with a recent history of travel to China. The move, which effectively shuts out the island’s largest group of visitors, takes effect Saturday. It is the first Southeast Asian country to implement a travel ban for China travelers to contain the outbreak. The announcement came after the U.S. State Department raised its travel advisory on Thursday for China from Level 3 to Level 4. Mongolia also said it’s closing all ports of entry to and from China, giving citizens until Feb. 6 to get home.

6:46 am: Chinese movie to premiere online after virus outbreak

The film “Enter the Fat Dragon” will premiere via video streaming on Saturday, makers China iQiyi Inc said, after plans for the film’s premiere in theaters were affected by the outbreak. It will be the second film to debut online because of the outbreak following Huanxi Media Group’s decision to premiere “Lost in Russia” on Bytedance’s online platforms.

Read CNBC’s coverage from our Asia-Pacific team overnight: China says coronavirus death toll hits 213 as Britain, Russia report first cases

— Reuters and CNBC’s Sam Meredith contributed this report.

Correction: An earlier version reported an incorrect figure for mainland China. As of 7:30 a.m. ET, 9,782 cases were reported there, bringing the worldwide total to almost 10,000.


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