On Tuesday, a first-person infected with the coronavirus was hospitalized as a precaution in the United States.
He is a man in his thirties, originally from Wuhan and living near Seattle, in the northwest of the country. He arrived on January 15 without fever at Seattle Airport and contacted local health services himself on Sunday after seeing symptoms.
He has been hospitalized as a precaution and is doing well, but will remain in solitary confinement for at least another 48 hours, according to local authorities.
“We expect other cases in the United States and around the world,” warned Nancy Messonnier, head of the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).
The risk to the Americans, however, remains “low at this point,” she said.
In France, the risk is also “low, but cannot be excluded,” said Health Minister Agnès Buzyn.
Australia, Russia, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and India have tightened controls in recent days.
At Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, the largest in Russia, the temperature of passengers from China is monitored on planes by thermal cameras.