Coronavirus reaches the US: Second case confirmed

A second case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday morning.

More than 2,000 people across the United States had been screened for the virus as of Thursday, and 63 patients in 22 states were being investigated Friday because of possible signs of the virus, according to the CDC.

The second case reported is a Chicago resident in her 60s. She is in isolation at a hospital in Chicago and is in stable condition.

The patient flew from Wuhan to Chicago on January 13. She was not ill while traveling and health authorities do not think she spread the virus during that time.

Coronavirus reaches the US Second case confirmed (2)

Health authorities say she has had limited close contacts since returning to Chicago; she has not used public transit, attended large gatherings or had extended close contact with anyone outside her home.

The first confirmed US case, announced Tuesday, is a man in his 30s in Washington state. The Snohomish County resident arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on January 15, before any health screenings began at US airports.

Authorities in China scramble to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

Coronavirus reaches the US Second case confirmed (3)

Transport bans of varying degrees have also been placed on the following Chinese cities: Wuhan, Ezhou, Huanggang, Chibi, Xiantoa, Zhijiang, Qianjjiang, Huangshi, Xianning and Yichang.

All the cities cover a population of roughly 32.2 million people.

Restrictions include shutting down railway stations, bus stations, intercity transport links, or preventing private vehicles from driving on certain roads.