Outraged Wuhan Residents Confront Virus with 'Optimism'

Outraged Wuhan Residents Confront Virus with 'Optimism'

At press time on Thursday, there are 571 confirmed cases of the virus across China, although that number is said to be constantly rising as new cases are confirmed.

At least 17 people have died and the virus has spread to neighboring countries including Taiwan, Thailand, Macau, Japan, and South Korea.

On Thursday, health authorities in Wuhan allegedly stepped up efforts to contain the virus by suspending all public transportation, including trains and flights, until further notice.

World Health Organization officials have so far declined to label the epidemic a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in response to the outbreak, despite the rising number of cases around the world.

On Thursday, U.S. health officials revealed that a passenger who landed at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from Mexico City was immediately quarantined after showing possible symptoms of the disease following his arrival on Thursday evening.

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