Watch: US health authorities hold a coronavirus epidemic press conference


The new coronavirus detected first in China last month shows early signs of spread in Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam, including people who have never been visiting China during a disease outbreak.

According to official Chinese statistics, more than 130 people have died of the mysterious new virus, but the actual count is probably significantly higher. A lack of test kits prevents health officials from diagnosing and monitoring the disease accurately.

A press conference on coronavirus outbreak was held Tuesday morning by top U.S. health officials and infectious disease specialists.


The briefing was hosted by the United States Alex Azar, the Health Secretary will begin at 11:15 a.m. ET in Washington, D.C. at the headquarters of the department.


Director Robert Redfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and representatives from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease and the National Allergy and Infectious Diseases Institute will also be speaking.

The overall number of cases of coronavirus in Public Chinese health authorities exceeded 4,682 worldwide with 106 deaths on Tuesday.


Most of the cases are in mainland China in which at least 10 large municipalities have been quarantined. Several virus cases in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam have been confirmed in the United States, Southern Korea, Singapore, Japan, Australia and France. Each case has been recorded by Cambodia, Canada, Germany, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

German officials reported Tuesday what the first transmission of the infection outside China is thought to be person-to-person.


Representatives of the CDC announced Monday that since Thursday there have nearly doubled the number of “patients under review” in the US to 110 across 26 nations. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said on Monday, that disease is not spread by human-to-human contact in the United States, and that risk to the public is still low right now.