Trump Declines to Suspend China-US Flights Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Situation Being 'Monitored'

Chris Menahan
Jan. 28, 2020

The Trump administration decided not to suspend flights from China to the United States on Tuesday as the coronavirus continued to spread -- no need to worry though, an anonymous official says the situation is being "monitored!"

From Reuters, "White House holds off on suspending China-U.S. flights amid virus outbreak":
The White House on Tuesday opted not to suspend flights from China to the United States as it discussed ways to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The Trump administration told U.S. airlines after a meeting that it was not taking the step of canceling flights, airline and government officials told Reuters.

The administration is holding daily meetings on the coronavirus and has considered a wide range of potential options. Two U.S. officials said the administration had not taken any options off the table, including a temporary ban on flights, if public health data supported the move.
"A person familiar with the deliberation said the U.S. has not elected to take action yet, but that the 'incredibly volatile' situation is being closely monitored," ABC News reported.

"The number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus has overtaken the 2003 SARS outbreak inside of mainland China, as the virus was confirmed to have spread to every province and region in the country," CNN reported Tuesday night.
As of Wednesday, there were 5,974 confirmed cases of the virus in mainland China, including 132 deaths, according to China's National Health Commission (NHC). The number of cases grew by almost 1,500 from Tuesday, a more than 30% increase. The figures do not include Hong Kong and Macau, both of which have reported a small number of cases.

There were 5,327 confirmed cases of SARS in mainland China during the 2003 outbreak, with 349 deaths. Experts have previously estimated the Wuhan virus figures could still be vastly under-reported, making the novel coronavirus far more contagious, but also less deadly, than SARS.
The infection rate is not slowing down according to John Hopkins' tracker.

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