CDC confirms coronavirus case in Chicago as China locks down travel in more cities

Leah Jessen, DCNF 

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Health officials confirmed a second U.S. case of a coronavirus as China locked down more cities near the epicenter of the outbreak Friday.

An unidentified patient in Illinois has the respiratory illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday. The Chicago woman in her 60s came home from a trip in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 13.

“Based on what we know right now, the immediate risk to America remains low,” CDC Director Robert Redfield tweeted Friday.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities are restricting travel in 12 cities, The New York Times reported. Around 35 million people are under travel restrictions ahead of Saturday’s Lunar New Year.

The virus first cropped up in Wuhan in December 2019. More than 900 people are infected and 26 have died from the outbreak, Chinese officials said.

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