January 30 coronavirus news

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1:00 p.m. ET, January 30, 2020

BREAKING: First case of person-to-person transmission of Wuhan virus in the US confirmed

From CNN Health’s Jamie Gumbrecht and Jacqueline Howard

The United States reported its first confirmed case of person-to-person spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday. This is the second case of the virus in Illinois. 

This second person is a Chicago resident and the spouse of the first confirmed travel-associated case in the state. The second patient did not travel to China.

12:31 p.m. ET, January 30, 2020

There are now more than 8,000 confirmed cases of Wuhan virus in mainland China

From CNN's Steven Jiang in Beijing

Mainland China now has a total of 8,137 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including 171 deaths. This is from the provincial health authorities reported as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. 

A breakdown of cases per province:

Hubei (including Wuhan): 4,903, including 162 deaths

Zhejiang: 428

Guangdong: 354

Henan: 278, including 2 deaths

Hunan: 277

Anhui: 200

Chongqing: 182

Jiangxi: 162

Shandong: 158

Sichuan: 142, including 1 death

Jiangsu: 129

Beijing: 121, including 1 death

Shanghai: 112, including 1 death

Fujian: 101

Guangxi: 78

Yunnan: 76

Hebei: 65, including 1 death

Shaanxi: 63

Hainan: 46, including 1 death

Heilongjiang: 44, including 2 death

Liaoning: 41

Shanxi: 35

Tianjin: 31

Gansu: 26

Inner Mongolia: 19

Ningxia: 17

Jilin: 14

Xinjiang: 14

Guizhou: 12

Qinghai: 8

Tibet: 1

12:14 p.m. ET, January 30, 2020

In photos: Chinese megacities are empty amid virus lockdown

Scenes from big cities across China, including Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, show usually bustling urban centers looking like ghost towns.

A cyclist rides past Beijing's Tiananmen Square, normally crowded with tourists during the Lunar New Year holiday, on January 27.
A cyclist rides past Beijing's Tiananmen Square, normally crowded with tourists during the Lunar New Year holiday, on January 27. Mark Schiefelbein/AP

Chinese health workers standby to check the temperature of travelers entering a subway station in Beijing, China, on January 25.
Chinese health workers standby to check the temperature of travelers entering a subway station in Beijing, China, on January 25. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

11:00 a.m. ET, January 30, 2020

CNN’s David Culver left Wuhan just before the city’s lockdown. Here's what he learned

10:46 a.m. ET, January 30, 2020

White House announces coronavirus task force

From CNN Health’s Nadia Kounang

A coronavirus task force under the authority of US President Donald Trump has been meeting daily since Monday, the White House announced Thursday.

In coordination with the National Security Council, the task force is led by US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and includes members from the National Institutes of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the departments of State, Transportation and Homeland Security, among others.

The force will lead the US government's response to the current coronavirus outbreak and, according to a statement, “will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus.”

Five cases of the coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. The White House notes the risk of infection to Americans remains low.

10:17 a.m. ET, January 30, 2020

With bitter memories of SARS, Hong Kong becomes a ghost town

CNN's Will Ripley in Hong Kong

Around 300 people were killed in Hong Kong during the SARS outbreak in 2003. Now the city’s residents are taking no chances.

Malls and streets are empty in what should be the busiest weeks of the year. But Chinese New Year celebrations have been muted -- in many cases here, they're simply canceled.

A line of people wraps around a deserted shop, as residents wait more than three hours to collect surgical face masks to help protect them from the Wuhan coronavirus, even though only 10 cases here have been confirmed.

People were also seen lining up for face masks in long lines in Shanghai. More than 100 people in the Shanghai municipality have been infected with the coronavirus, and one death has been confirmed.

9:43 a.m. ET, January 30, 2020

UK gets China's green light for flight to evacuate nationals from Wuhan

After long delays, Chinese authorities have given permission for the UK to fly its nationals out of Wuhan early Friday morning local time, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement sent to CNN.

“We are pleased to have confirmation from the Chinese authorities that the evacuation flight from Wuhan airport to the UK can depart at 0500 local time on Friday 31 January,” Raab said. 

“The safety and security of British nationals is our top priority. Our Embassy in Beijing and consular teams remain in close contact with British nationals in the region to ensure they have the latest information they need.”

Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images
Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images

Raab had earlier said UK authorities had been "working tirelessly" to get the flight off the ground.

9:42 a.m. ET, January 30, 2020

7,000 people held on Costa cruise ship in Italy

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is seen docked at the Civitavecchia port near Rome, Italy, on Thursday.
The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is seen docked at the Civitavecchia port near Rome, Italy, on Thursday. Andrew Medichini/AP

Roughly 7,000 people are being kept on a cruise ship in Italy as a female passenger and her husband are being tested for the Wuhan coronavirus.

A spokesperson for Costa Cruises told CNN that a 54-year-old woman and her husband, from Hong Kong, were being evaluated as the woman was suffering a fever.

"All the other passengers are, at the moment remaining on board," the spokesperson said.

Of the 7,000 people on board, around 1,000 are crew members.

Italian news agency ANSA and public broadcaster RAI reported that the woman and her husband were from Hong Kong and were being kept separately in solitary confinement in the hospital section of the Costa Smeralda cruiseliner. The couple will be held until the couple both test negative to the virus.

Images show the ship docked at Civitavecchia port, a coastal town northwest of Rome, after arriving Palma de Majorca, Spain.

The couple are expected to receive their results this afternoon, ANSA reports. They are said to have arrived in Italy on January 25 at Milan's Malpensa airport from Macao.

7:30 a.m. ET, January 30, 2020

Russia closes far-east border with China

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed an order to close his country's far-east border with China, state media reports, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

"An order has been signed today, it is in the works. Today we will inform everyone accordingly about the relevant measures to close the border in the Far Eastern region and other measures that have been taken by the government," Mishustin said, RIA reports.

Quarantine and sanitary station workers check the temperatures of passengers on board a plane at Tolmachevo airport, in Novosibirsk, Russia. The flight originated in Beijing. Russian airports have stepped up screening of travelers arriving from China to try to identify people infected with the coronavirus.
Quarantine and sanitary station workers check the temperatures of passengers on board a plane at Tolmachevo airport, in Novosibirsk, Russia. The flight originated in Beijing. Russian airports have stepped up screening of travelers arriving from China to try to identify people infected with the coronavirus. Alexandr Kryazhev/Sputnik/AP

Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District shares a land border with China, Mongolia and North Korea.  

It comes after several Russian tour operators and charter flight companies suspended flights to China.

Russia will also limit its railway service with China from Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Wednesday, TASS reported.

“Trains will only follow the route Moscow-Beijing and Beijing-Moscow," she said.