WHO declared the virus was a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and advised “all countries should be prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of 2019-nCoV infection, and to share full data with WHO.”
Tibet confirms its first case, which was previously suspected. Cases had now been confirmed in all 31 provincial divisions of mainland China. India confirms its first case of coronavirus in a student who had returned from Wuhan University to the Indian state of Kerala. Philippines confirms its first case of coronavirus in a female Chinese national who arrived in Manila via Hong Kong on 21 January. Japan confirms three more cases, bringing the total to 14. Malaysia confirms one more case, bringing the total to eight.
Singapore confirms three more cases, bringing the total to 13. South Korea confirms two more cases with one of them being the first human-to-human transmission there, bringing the total to six. Vietnam confirms three new cases, bringing the total to five. France confirms its sixth case. Italy confirms its first two cases in a press conference by the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte. Germany confirms its fifth case, an employee of the company where the four previously known cases are also employed.
The United States confirmed its sixth case, the spouse of another patient in Chicago. This is the first confirmed case of human to human transmission within the United States. Azar, Redfield and Anthony S. Fauci agreed that a ban on travel from the epidemic’s center could buy some time to put into place prevention and testing measures. Redfield said in an interview that “There was so much we didn’t know about this virus,””We were rapidly understanding it was much more transmissible, that it had a great ability to go global.”