Coronavirus death toll, new cases in the US: 5 latest developments

1. U.S. bans travelers from mainland China

Declaring a public health emergency Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced that no foreign citizen who has traveled anywhere in China over the past 14 days would be allowed U.S. entry starting on Sunday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

He also said that U.S. citizens who visited Hubei province, where Wuhan is situated, would be required to be quarantined at a California military base for up to 14 days.

However, Azar cautioned that there was no need for Americans to panic. “I hope that people will see that their government is taking responsible steps to protect them. … The risk is low … but our job is to keep that risk low,” he was quoted as saying at a White House briefing.

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