Countries around the world are taking measures to try to stem the spread of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, as the death toll continues to rise.
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US CDC Says 15th COVID-19 Case Could Be From Local Transmission
The CDC has said that the fifteenth individual to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States could be the nation’s first case of local transmission.
In a statement released Wednesday evening, shortly after President Donald Trump addressed the nation on the coronavirus threat, the agency said that one person from California with no travel history to COVID-19-impacted locations and no contact with known COVID-19 carriers had tested positive for the disease.
“At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown,” the CDC said in a statement. “It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States.”
The agency explained that community spread is the transmission of the illness from unidentified sources, which the agency added could have been a “returned traveler who was infected.”
The individual was identified by his local doctors in the public health system, who notified the agency of a potential case.
The agency said that updates are to follow once more information becomes available.
Norway Detects First Case of Coronavirus
Norway on Wednesday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, announced the country’s Institute of Public health (Folkehelseinstituttet or FHI).
The patient was identified as a Norwegian who had returned from a trip to China late last week.
“This person is not showing symptoms but … was tested after returning from the region of China where the outbreak began,” agency director Line Vold told a news conference.
They are aymptomatic and unlikely to infect others, the agency said.
The individual is now self-quarantined at home, reported Reuters.
Melanie Sun contributed to this report.
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Author: Epoch Times Staff