Global cases jump to 7,818 and China reports 7,736. Of the cases in China, 1,370 are severe and 170 people died. Outside of China, there have been 82 cases in 18 different countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports cases in Malaysia, the Philippines, India and Finland. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirms Italy has its first two cases during a press conference, as well, according to Reuters.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms the first case of human-to-human transmission in the United States. The patient, a man in his 60s living in Illinois, is the spouse of a woman who recently visited Wuhan and diagnosed with the virus on January 24. President Donald Trump announces the formation of a coronavirus task force to lead America’s response to the outbreak.
The WHO emergency committee meets to discuss the situation and makes a nearly unanimous decision that WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declare a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Tedros reiterates this is not a reflection of China’s preventative measures and criticizes countries for imposing travel restrictions.