Another person has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus in the United States, bringing the total number of cases to 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
The CDC said that the new patient is a passenger evacuated from a chartered flight from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego on Feb. 7. All passengers on that Department-of-State-flight have been under 14 days of quarantine since landing in the United States.
The previous case was confirmed a few days earlier among the evacuees, but the CDC said it appeared that the two patients were separately exposed to the virus in China before arriving in the United States, Reuters reported. The two arrived on different planes and were housed in separate facilities.
Dr. Christopher Braden, deputy director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said there is no indication of person-to-person spread of the virus at the quarantine facility at this time, but the center will carry out a thorough contact investigation to detect and contain any cases of infection.
According to NBC News, the more than 600 people evacuated from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine at military bases in California, Nebraska, and Texas.
In mainland China, the coronavirus cases jumped fast overnight in Hubei Province after provincial officials adopted a new methodology for counting the infections.
As many as 242 people died from the virus in Hubei on Wednesday, a record daily count since the pathogen was identified in December 2019, bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 1,310.
Globally, 60,328 people were infected as of early Thursday, Feb. 13, with 1,368 deaths recorded, according to Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).
In related news, United Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will extend cancellations of all U.S. flights to China into late April as the virus epidemic has caused a dramatic drop-off in demand.