First coronavirus case confirmed in New York

A woman in her late thirties who recently travelled to Iran has been confirmed as New York’s first coronavirus case. 

A statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office confirmed the case on Sunday night but did not reveal the exact location of the woman.

However, The New York Times reported the woman is being quarantined in her home in Manhattan raising fears the epidemic will take hold of the city.

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Governor Cuomo tried to urge calm and said the case did not come as a surprise to the authorities. He added residents have “no reason for undue anxiety”. 

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A crew member of the cruise ship Diamond Princess talks to a worker wearing protective gear standing near the vessel, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama

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Indonesians who arrived from Wuhan are sprayed with antiseptic at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam. People evacuated from the Chinese city at the centre of a deadly virus outbreak, were transported to a quarantine zone on a remote island at the edge of the South China Sea, shortly after landing

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern

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China confirmed that the deadly Wuhan coronavirus virus can be transmitted between humans

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A medical worker wearing protective gear takes a rest as he waits for ambulances carrying patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus at an entrance of a hospital in Daegu, South Korea

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A medical worker sprays disinfectant on an ambulance after carrying a patient infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Daegu

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People wearing protective face masks shop at a supermarket in Casalpusterlengo, one the northern Italian towns placed under lockdown due to the new coronavirus outbreak

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A trolley bus is disinfected amid fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus in Pyongyang, North Korea

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Workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as a precaution against the COVID-19 coronavirus in a local market in Daegu, South Korea

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A man wearing a protective facemask walks outside a nearly empty shopping mall at lunch time in Beijing

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A man wearing protective facemask and gloves puts a drawing made by a girl living in the area asking residents to wear protective gear, next to a quarantine notice for people who have travelled and a notice asking people to register outside a residential compound in Beijing

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Passengers in coaches leave MoD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire after being repatriated to the UK from a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus in Yokohama, Japan and head to Arrowe Park Hospital on Merseyside

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People rest in a temporary hospital situated in the Tazihu Gymnasium in Wuhan

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Buddhist monks wearing protective face masks pray during a blessing ceremony for the people affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Medical workers wearing protective gears carry a patient infecting with a new coronavirus to a hospital in Chuncheon, South Korea

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Soldiers in hazmat suits sanitize cargo from a China Airlines plane at the Taoyuan International Airport in Taoyuan City, Taiwan

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A vendor wearing a protective facemask waits for customers at a shop in Beijing

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The body temperature of an Iraqi child returning from Iran is measured upon her arrival at the Najaf International Airport

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Volunteers hand out free facemasks at a shopping district in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Medical workers wearing protective gears carry a patient suspected of contracting the new coronavirus toward an ambulance at Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo, South Korea

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A worker disinfects a shop at a market in Shanghai

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A restaurant worker wearing protective clothing as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus passing a bag of food to a customer on the street outside their restaurant in Beijing

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A recovered patient is discharged from Leishenshan Hospital, the newly-built makeshift hospital for novel coronavirus patients, in Wuhan

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Volunteers in protective suits disinfect a factory with sanitising equipment in Huzhou, China

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Medical workers in protective suits attend to a patient inside an isolated ward of Wuhan Red Cross Hospital

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A man wearing a protective mask rides a bicycle with his children in Guangzhou, China

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Volunteers in protective suits disinfect a railway station as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Changsha, Hunan province, China

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A woman repatriated from Wuhan carries a child as she walks upon her arrival at the Van Don airport in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province

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Medical staff checking the body temperature of a patient who has displayed mild symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at an exhibition centre converted into a hospital in Wuhan

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A medical worker in protective suit transports oxygen tanks at Wuhan Red Cross Hospital

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Boys wearing protection masks, gloves and modified water bottles sit on a cart at the airport arrival terminal in Guangzhou

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Employees work on a production line manufacturing protective suits at a clothing factory in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province

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Medical workers in protective suits move a patient at an isolated ward of a hospital in Caidian district following an outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan

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A worker in protective clothing, including face mask and gloves, carries a bucket as he works inside of The County Oak Medical Centre in Brighton, southern England, after it closed for “urgent operational health and safety reasons”, following reports a member of staff was infected with the strain of the novel coronavirus

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Workers of the ecology and environment bureau collect samples from the sewage system of a hospital in Xinle, Hebei province

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The British government warned the outbreak of novel coronavirus was a “serious and imminent threat” and reported four new cases that brought the total recorded in the country to eight. Two hospitals The Royal Free and Guys and St Thomas’, have both been designated as “isolation” facilities, with both currently housing Britons who have returned from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak

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Medical staff transfer patients to the newly completed Huoshenshan temporary field Hospital in Wuhan. The global coronavirus death toll rose again with Hong Kong announcing its first death from the outbreak on 4 February

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Members of staff wait as coaches carrying Coronavirus evacuees arrive at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, in Milton Keynes, after being repatriated to the UK from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan

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A crew member of the cruise ship Diamond Princess talks to a worker wearing protective gear standing near the vessel, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama

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Doctors scan a patient’s lungs at Huoshenshan temporary hospital built for patients diagnosed with coronavirus in Wuhan

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People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal

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Indonesians who arrived from Wuhan are sprayed with antiseptic at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam. People evacuated from the Chinese city at the centre of a deadly virus outbreak, were transported to a quarantine zone on a remote island at the edge of the South China Sea, shortly after landing

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A woman wears a protective mask as she shops in a market in Beijing

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Medical staff members hugging each other in an isolation ward at a hospital in Zouping in China’s easter Shandong province

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A portrait of Dr Li Wenliang is left at Li’s hospital in Wuhan. He is regarded a whistleblower on the outbreak and died of the coronavirus which triggered wide-spread mourning on Chinese media

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A South Korean person, who was evacuated from Wuhan, arrives at the National Medical Center after showing suspected symptoms of novel coronavirus, in Seoul

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Ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically

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People hoping to buy face masks crowd outside a medical supply shop that was raided by police for allegedly hoarding and overpricing the masks, as public fear over China’s Wuhan Coronavirus grow in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government has been heavily criticized after failing to immediately implement travel restrictions from China, the source of a deadly coronavirus that has now killed hundreds and infected thousands more

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Residents wearing masks and raincoats volunteer to take temperature of passengers following the outbreak of a new coronavirus at a bus stop at Tin Shui Wai, a border town in Hong Kong

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A woman carries a baby wearing a protective mask as they exit the arrival hall at Hong Kong High Speed Rail Station

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Muslims wearing masks pray for the victims of coronavirus at a mosque in Ahmedabad, India

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People line up to buy face masks from a medical supply company in Nanning, southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Countries began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS

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Millions spent their normally festive Lunar New Year holiday under lockdown

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Children with face masks wash their hands before prayer at Erawan shrine in Bangkok. Thailand has detected eight Coronavirus cases so far

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Workers are seen at the construction site of a new hospital being built to treat patients from a deadly virus outbreak in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on January 27, 2020. – China is rushing to build a new hospital in a staggering 10 days to treat patients at the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak that has stricken thousands of people, state media reported on January 24. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

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A member of the Hong Kong government’s Civil Aid Service gestures at the entrance to the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village which is being used as one of two quarantine centres for people who have been in close proximity with suspected cases of a SARS-type virus. Hong Kong will turn two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the Wuhan virus, officials announced

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A Malaysia Health official checks passengers going through a thermal scanner upon their arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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A member of staff checks the temperature of a guest entering the casino of the New Orient Landmark hotel in Macau, after it reported its first case of the new SARS-like virus

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Members of the Three Gorges Medical Laboratory offering free masks to the public in Yichang, China

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Gabriel Leung, right, chair professor of public health medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, speaks about the extent of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China

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Pharmacist Liu Zhuzhen stands near a sign reading “face masks are sold out” at her pharmacy in Shanghai

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“This evening we learned of the first positive case of novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – in New York State,” the statement said.

“The patient, a woman in her late thirties, contracted the virus while travelling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home. The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York.

“The positive test was confirmed by New York’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany, underscoring the importance of the ability for our state to ensure efficient and rapid turnaround, and is exactly why I advocated for the approval from Vice President Pence that New York was granted just yesterday.

“There is no cause for surprise – this was expected. As I said from the beginning, it was a matter of when, not if there would be a positive case of novel coronavirus in New York.

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“Last week I called for the Legislature to pass a $40 million emergency management authorization to confront this evolving situation – I look forward to its swift passage.

“There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.”

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His statement came as two further cases of the flue-like respiratory illness were confirmed on the West Coast. 

Two health workers tested positive in the San Francisco Bay Area after being exposed to a sick patient. 

They were also being quarantined in their homes. 

More than 70 cases have now been reported across the country with new cases confirmed in Chicago and Rhode Island earlier on Sunday. 

Stock markets plummeted last week in reaction to the crisis with more than $5 trillion wiped off the value of stocks worldwide.

 

 

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