CDC: We are preparing as if this is the next Pandemic – Issues First Quarantine in 50 Years

UPDATE: 4:30EST 1/31/2020 Trump Administration Issues Coronavirus Public Health Emergency – Quarantines on Americans who have been to Hubei province

This morning, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they had for the first time in 50 years issued a federal quarantine. The Quarantine order was for 195 passengers who repatriated to the U.S. from Wuhan China on January 29, 2020, to protect “their families and communities” as evacuees are monitored for coronavirus symptoms at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. According to the CDC, the last federal quarantine was in the 1960s to contain the smallpox virus.

“We are preparing as this is the next pandemic, but hopeful this is not and will not be the case,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on a call with reporters. “We would rather be remembered for overreacting to under-reacting.”

The rare move from the CDC comes as one of the passengers who returned to the U.S. attempted to leave the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, after arriving from Wuhan, China.

There are currently 9,928 confirmed cases worldwide with six in the United States. Worldwide there are currently 213 reported fatalities.

Current Worldwide 2019-nCoV Coronavirus Numbers

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Last update: 31 January 2020 at 8:29 a.m. ET

MAINLAND CHINACasesDeathsNotesLinks
Hubei province
(including Wuhan)
5,806204804 serious, 290 criticalSource
Zhejiang province537040 serious, 10 criticalSource
Guangdong province436041 serious, 14 criticalSource
Henan province352237 serious, 5 criticalSource
Hunan province332048 seriousSource
Anhui province23703 seriousSource
Chongqing211018 serious, 4 criticalSource
Jiangxi province240033 seriousSource
Shandong province184011 serious, 1 criticalSource
Sichuan province178*14 criticalSource
Jiangsu province16802 seriousSource
Beijing139126 seriousSource
Shanghai13515 criticalSource
Fujian province12008 serious, 4 criticalSource
Guangxi Region8705 serious, 2 criticalSource
Yunnan province8305 serious, 3 criticalSource
Hebei province8217 seriousSource
Shaanxi province8701+ seriousSource
Hainan province4918 seriousSource
Heilongjiang province5927 seriousSource
Liaoning province4808 seriousSource
Shanxi province3902 serious, 2 criticalSource
Tianjin32014 seriousSource
Gansu province2905 serious, 1 criticalSource
Inner Mongolia2003 serious, 2 criticalSource
Ningxia Region2101 seriousSource
Jilin province1402 seriousSource
Xinjiang1703 serious, 1 criticalSource
Guizhou province2905 seriousSource
Qinghai province801 serious, 7 stableSource
TOTAL9,7802131,527 serious
171 recovered
15,238 suspected

Hong Kong120Source
Taiwan90All stableSource
TOTAL2800 serious

Thailand1907 recoveredSource
Singapore160All stableSource
Australia902 recoveredSource
France602 seriousSource
United States60Source
South Korea110Source
Vietnam501 recoveredSource
Sri Lanka10Source
TOTAL12002 serious

In a live White House briefing, CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield confirmed that the first case of person to person transmission has occurred. In the same briefing, the White House confirmed the possibility of asymptomatic transmission.

President Trump has declared a Public Health Emergency and has issued an order that anyone coming back from Wuhan will now face a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Foreigners who visited China within the last 14 days will also be banned from entering the country.

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