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The US has unveiled an ambitious plan that will force air passengers from Wuhan, China, to change flights or reroute entirely to ensure that they are screened for the killer coronavirus spreading through the city, infecting up to 10,000 people.
Dr Martin Cetron, director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control, described the plan following a media briefing on Tuesday where officials confirmed the first US case - an unnamed man in his 30s who was hospitalized in Washington state after returning home from China.
Coronavirus - Disease - People - China - Humans
The deadly new coronavirus, a SARS-like disease, has killed nine and sickened at least 475 people in China after it is thought to have spread into humans from a seafood market 'which illegally traded wild animals' in the city of Wuhan.
Cetron outlined the 'funneling approach' which will aim to make sure every traveler from Wuhan passes through one of five US airports equipped to screen them.
Virus - Cetron - CDC - Department - Homeland
Given how quickly the virus has spread, Cetron said the CDC has instructed the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Department to redirect travelers and keep the US as secure as possible.
'With increasing cases, we decided to move into this full-on, 100 percent coverage strategy, which means adding additional airports and ... begin our funneling approach and redirect all the traffic to airports that have screening so that the benefit of the alert could be more completely covered,' Cetron said.
Checkpoints - Los - Angeles - International - Airport
Screening checkpoints have already been set up at Los Angeles International Airport, New York's John F Kennedy airport, and San Francisco International Airport.
Checkpoints will be introduced at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago and Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta later this week.
Cetron - Anyone - Wuhan - US
Cetron said that anyone who tries to get from Wuhan to the US without going through any of...
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