Coronavirus outbreak: First case of ‘unknown’ origin reported in California

A person in California with no known exposure to coronavirus patients has been infected with the deadly virus — possibly the first US case contracted domestically, health officials said.

“At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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 federal agency said.

The patient did not have “relevant travel history” or come into contact with anyone infected with the virus, the CDC said.

Coronavirus has infected over 80,000 people and caused over 2,700 deaths globally since the first case was reported last December.

Concerns have risen over the spread of the virus, as Wednesday marked the first day with more new cases reported outside China than from the country, according to the World Health Organization.

South Korea has seen a rapid rise in patients since their first reported case on Feb. 18. On Wednesday, the country reported an additional 334 cases, bringing their total to 1,595.


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