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(Reuters) – U.S. officials reported the 15th case of coronavirus in the United States on Thursday, saying the patient was among those who had been evacuated from Wuhan, China, and placed under federal quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
It was the third evacuee and first at Lackland to test positive, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a statement while noting that there will likely be additional cases among people recently returned from China.
The U.S. government has flown about 800 people from Hubei province, with 195 people from the first flight having been released on Tuesday. Many are government employees and their families who are under 14-day quarantine at U.S. military bases.
“The individual is currently isolated and receiving medical care at a designated hospital nearby,” the CDC said.
A man walks in the street on Feb. 13, in Wuhan, China.
Residents wait to enter a checkpoint with a sign that reads “Returnees to Beijing registration point” in Beijing, China, on Feb. 13.
A man wears a protective mask as he rides a bike on an empty street on Feb. 13, in Wuhan, China.
Out-of-service buses are parked on Feb. 13, in Wuhan, China.
Chinese women wear protective masks as they walk to a shopping mall on Feb. 13, in Beijing, China.
Medical personnel check the conditions of patients in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 13.
People wearing masks are seen at the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 13.
Workers make face masks in the workshop of a textile company in Jimo District of Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, on Feb. 12. Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology has mobilized two large textile companies to produce face masks to help the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Passengers on board the MS Westerdam watch as Cambodian officials board the ship in the Cambodian port town of Sihanoukville, where it has been granted permission to dock following nearly two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard may have the coronavirus, on Feb. 13.
A quarantine area is seen at a cruise ship terminal in Port Klang, Malaysia, on Feb. 13.
Workers gather before removing machinery stored on the dock next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku Pier where it is being resupplied and newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases taken for treatment as it remains in quarantine after a number of the 3,700 people on board were diagnosed with coronavirus, on Feb. 13 in Yokohama, Japan. At least 219 passengers and crew on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for COVID-19 making it the biggest center of the virus outside China.
Workers install a banner with hygiene recommendations outside the Mobile World Congress MWC venue on Feb. 12 in Barcelona, Spain. Organisers of the World Mobile Congress were holding urgent talks today over the fate of the world’s top mobile fair after a string of industry heavyweights withdrew over novel coronavirus, COVID-19, fears, a source close to the meeting said.
An Indonesian health official checks body temperature of a foreign tourist arriving from Bali island in Pemenang, Indonesia on Feb. 12
A man pushes another man on wheelchair past a propaganda banner on a wall read, “Strengthen self-protection, do not panic, believe in science, do not spread rumours”, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, in Beijing, China on Feb. 11.
In a residential district, disinfection personnel wearing protective clothing are seen spreading high dense anti-virus spray, to kill the virus on roads and public areas in Tianjin, China on Feb. 11.
Medical staff members collect samples from Chinese paramilitary police officer to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus as they return from holidays in Shenzhen, China on Feb. 11.
A woman wearing a protective facemask walks behind Saint Valentine’s decorations in a shopping mall in Bangkok on Feb. 11
Sanitation vehicle disinfects the street in Tengzhou, China on Feb. 11. The number of fatalities from coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,113 nationwide after another 97 deaths were reported by the national health commission.
Medical team members pose for a group photo before leaving for Xiaogan City of Hubei Province on Feb. 11 in Chongqing, China. A team comprising of 159 medical workers were assigned to aid the novel coronavirus control efforts in the region.
China has confirmed human-to-human transmission of a new SARS-like coronavirus linked to an outbreak in Wuhan. With the number of cases soaring and spreading to countries beyond China, the World Health Organization has declared an international public health emergency.
Vietnamese people repatriated from Chinese city of Wuhan wearing protective suits arrive at Van Don airport, Quang Ninh province, Vietnam, on Feb. 10.
A passenger wearing protective mask and holding an umbrella to hang plastic bags to cover herself and her chid’s body as protection from Coronavirus, at Beijing railway station in Beijing, China, on Feb. 11.
A woman wearing a face mask walks through a device that sprays disinfectant at an entrance to a residential compound, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, in Tianjin, China, on Feb. 11.
Police in protective gear wait to evacuate residents from a public housing building, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China, on Feb. 11.
Family members of passengers onboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, wave and talk to them on the phone at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan, on Feb. 11.
A Malaysian Royal Guard wears a protective mask while he stands guard outside National Palace, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Feb. 10.
Passers-by interact with a Promobot robot that informs the public about the symptoms of coronavirus and how to prevent it from spreading in New York on Feb. 10.
A man wears a protective mask as he watches a movie in an empty theater in Hong Kong on Feb. 10.
A closed Apple store is seen as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China on Feb. 10.
Indian artist Sudarsan Pattnaik puts some final touches as he makes a sand sculpture depicting people wearing protective facemasks with a message reading ‘Fight against coronavirus, We stand with China’ in Puri, India on Feb. 10.
A woman wearing a mask as a precaution for coronavirus outbreak, in Shanghai, China on Feb. 10.
A passenger gestures after hanging a banner reading please broadcast this on TV (R) next to banners reading thank you for reporting this (C) and shortage of medicine (L) on the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku Pier where it is being resupplied and newly diagnosed coronavirus cases taken for treatment as it remains in quarantine after a number of the 3,700 people on board were diagnosed with coronavirus, on Feb. 10 in Yokohama, Japan. 70 passengers are now confirmed to be infected with coronavirus as Japanese authorities continue treating people on board. The new cases bring the total number of confirmed infections to 96 in Japan, the largest number outside of China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, centre, wearing a protective face mask and waving as he inspects the novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work at a neighborhood in Beijing, on Feb. 10.
Signs warning patients about the 2019-nCoV strain of the novel coronavirus, are pictured at The County Oak Medical Centre in Brighton, England on Feb. 10, after it closed for ‘urgent operational health and safety reasons’, following reports a member of staff was infected with the virus.
Workers and army officers wearing protective suits walk away from the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as they prepare to transfer passengers tested positive for the novel coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan on Feb. 10.
Passengers coming from China wearing protective masks leave the Terminal after landing in Charles De Gaulle Airport, France on Feb. 10.
A woman wearing a face mask walks on the Qianmen pedestrian street in the morning after the extended Lunar New Year holiday caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Beijing, on Feb. 10.
Men wearing masks to protect themselves against a new coronavirus at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea, on Feb. 10.
The Royal Free NHS hospital is pictured in London on Feb. 10, where some of the UK nationals that have been confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV strain of the novel coronavirus have been taken.
Officials (C) check details of Vietnamese citizens repatriated from Wuhan, upon their arrival at the Van Don airport in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province on Feb. 10.
A couple wearing protective face masks hug at a railway station in Shanghai on Feb. 10.
Traders wearing face masks are seen on the trading floor at a flower auction trading centre following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Kunming, China Feb. 10.
Military personnel set up a covered walkway next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined on board due to fears of the new Coronavirus, on Feb. 10. – Around 60 more people on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Japan have been diagnosed with novel Coronavirus, the country’s national broadcaster said on February 10, raising the number of infected passengers and crew to around 130.
People wearing face masks ride a subway in the morning after the extended Lunar New Year holiday caused by the novel Coronavirus outbreak, in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 10.
Brazilian citizens coming from the Chinese city of Wuhan land and disembark at the Air Force base of Anapolis, State of Goias, on Feb. 9 in Goias, Brazil. The rescued will stay in a kind of hotel inside the Air Base for 18 days. Those who show any symptoms of coronavirus go to another building still on the air base, and if necessary they will be transferred to the armed forces hospital in Brasilia.
Spectators wear masks amid concerns of coronavirus infections during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2020 exhibition gala in Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 9.
Passengers wearing masks and covered with plastic bags walk outside the Shanghai railway station in China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus on Feb. 9.
A group of 20 Germans evacuated from China’s coronavirus epicentre Wuhan arrive at the Red Cross Hospital in Berlin Koepenick, Germany, on Feb. 9.
A passenger wearing a mask walks outside the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the coronavirus on Feb. 8.
A woman wearing a face mask takes selfies after snowfall outside the Forbidden City in Beijing, China on Feb. 6.
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The Lackland evacuees arrived in the United States on Feb. 7.
The fast-spreading virus has killed 1,370 people and infected about 60,000, nearly all in China, constraining the world’s second largest economy and handing the ruling Communist Party one of its most difficult tests in years.
Japan confirmed its first coronavirus death, adding to two previous fatalities in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
The 15 U.S. cases, spread among seven states, mostly involve travelers who recently returned from China. The two other evacuees to test positive were under quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego.
(Reporting by Manas Mishra and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Steve Orlofsky)
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