January 27 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Steve George, Sheena McKenzie and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 1:18 p.m. ET, January 31, 2020
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7:57 p.m. ET, January 27, 2020

Germany confirms first Wuhan coronavirus case

From CNN’s Alla Eshchenko and Leona Siaw 

Germany has reported its first case of Wuhan coronavirus, according to a statement released by the Bavarian Ministry of Health in Munich late Monday.

A man from the district of Starnberg contracted the virus, the statement read.

The patient is being monitored medically and has been isolated, according to the State Office for Health and Food Safety. The patient is also "clinically in good condition."

The Bavarian Ministry of Health considers the risk of infection for the people of Bavaria currently as low.

7:49 p.m. ET, January 27, 2020

Chinese city of Tangshan suspends public transportation

From CNN’s Pauline Lockwood, Eric Cheung in Hong Kong and Steven Jiang in Beijing

The northern Chinese city of Tangshan announced Tuesday morning that it will suspend all local public transportation services, to curb the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

The government statement said the decision was made to "avoid cross-infections caused by the gathering of crowds."

Tangshan, in Hebei province, has a population of over 7.5 million people, according to the municipal government. Hebei has reported 18 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including one death, but none in Tangshan so far.

7:47 p.m. ET, January 27, 2020

FDA working with government agencies to speed up development to fight coronavirus

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch

The US Food and Drug Administration is working with other government agencies to encourage the development of medical products that may diagnose, treat or fight the virus.

There is no vaccine, treatment or commercially available product to even test for the virus.

The FDA created a page on its website to keep the public up-to-date about any products in development in relation to the Wuhan coronavirus. It also put a call out to diagnostic test sponsors that may want to use the Emergency Use Authorization to get a product that could test for the virus into the market. The FDA is also working with public health agencies to share the reference materials that companies may need to create a test.

We are actively leveraging the vast breadth of the FDA's expertise and have begun employing the full range of our public health authorities to facilitate the development and availability of investigational medical products to help address this urgent public health situation," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen M. Hahn.
6:56 p.m. ET, January 27, 2020

CDC raises China travel precautions to highest level

From CNN’s Ben Tinker

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its travel precautions for China on Monday to its highest of three levels: "Warning."

This means travelers are advised to “avoid nonessential travel” to the country.

Previously, only Hubei province carried the Level 3 warning. The rest of China had been listed as Level 2 as of Sunday, and was at Level 1 prior to that.

The CDC’s new travel precautions shortly followed the US State Department raising its own travel advisory for most of China to "Level 3: Reconsider Travel,” with Hubei Province rated “Level 4: Do not travel."

6:00 p.m. ET, January 27, 2020

Canadian government urges travelers to avoid China's Hubei Province

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

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Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America/Getty Images

The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory urging citizens to avoid all travel to the Hubei Province of China to limit the spread of a novel coronavirus.

The advisory specifically names the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou.

5:45 p.m. ET, January 27, 2020

Flight for US government personnel will leave Wuhan on Wednesday

From CNN’s Michael K. Callahan 

The US State Department has ordered personnel working at the US Consulate General in Wuhan to depart for the United States, a State Department official told CNN in a statement.

Priority has been given to US citizens who are "most at risk for contracting coronavirus" if they stay in city, the statement read.

"The Department of State procured a chartered flight for U.S. government personnel in Wuhan. As space is available, seating will be offered to U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis to leave from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport to Ontario, California, on the morning of Wednesday, January 29, 2020 China Standard Time," the statement read.

All passengers will be subject to a CDC screening, health observation and monitoring requirements.

5:35 p.m. ET, January 27, 2020

One person under investigation for coronavirus in New Jersey

From CNN’s Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Rob Frehse 

One person is under investigation for coronavirus in New Jersey and CDC test results are pending, New Jersey Department of Health spokeswoman Janelle Fleming told CNN.

“If this is determined to be a confirmed case, we will share additional information,” Fleming told CNN.

The New Jersey Department of Health outlined their preparedness plans related to the coronavirus Friday. You can find that information here.

5:15 p.m. ET, January 27, 2020

New Hampshire monitoring two suspect cases

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is monitoring two potential cases of the novel coronavirus in the state.

The two individuals in New Hampshire, who recently traveled to Wuhan City, China, have developed respiratory symptoms and are currently undergoing testing for the virus, according to a statement from NH DHHS.

According to DHSS, these people have more mild illness and are recovering with healthcare assistance. Samples have been sent to the CDC for testing and the individuals remain isolated until test results are available, the release said.

4:24 p.m. ET, January 27, 2020

Stocks finish sharply lower amid coronavirus fears

From CNN's Anneken Tappe

US stocks ended sharply in the red Monday as the spread of the coronavirus weighed on investor sentiment.

  • The Dow closed down 454 points, or 1.6%, in its worst one-day percentage drop since October.
  • The S&P 500 also finished 1.6% lower. It was its worst day since October.
  • The Nasdaq Composite fell 1.9%, its worst performance since August.