Napa Valley, California reports coronavirus case as disease spreads globally

The coronavirus continues to spread globally

Authorities reported a new case of the deadly coronavirus in Napa Valley, California on Thursday as the virus strain continued to spread around the globe.

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"A single case of novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) has been confirmed in Napa County, and is under isolation at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. A second patient with symptoms is under investigation at the hospital," a press release from the Napa County Public Information Officer read. Both patients had been aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship which went under quarantine, the release said.

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In China, new virus cases came in at 1,749 and 136 new deaths were announced after China's leader said disease prevention and control was at an “a critical time.”

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Japan also confirmed more infections of the new coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing the total to 542 people among the 3,700 crew and passengers initially on board. The infections have led to heavy criticism of the decision to quarantine passengers on the vessel. The quarantine ends Wednesday.

The updated figures on the COVID-19 illness for mainland China bring the total for cases to 74,185 and deaths to 2,004. New cases have fallen to under 2,000 daily for the past two days.

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke about the efforts to control the outbreak in a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described by state media.

Separately, the U.N. secretary-general told The Associated Press that the virus outbreak “is not out of control but it is a very dangerous situation.” Antonio Guterres said in an interview in Lahore, Pakistan, that “the risks are enormous and we need to be prepared worldwide for that.”

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The outbreak has caused massive disruptions and China may postpone its biggest political meeting of the year to avoid having people travel to Beijing while the virus is still spreading. One of the automotive industry's biggest events, China's biannual auto show, was postponed, and many sports and entertainment events have been delayed or canceled.

The largest number of cases outside China is the 542 on the Diamond Princess at a port near Tokyo.

The U.S. evacuated more than 300 American passengers, who are now under quarantine in the U.S. On Tuesday, the U.S. government said the more than 100 American passengers who stayed on the ship or were hospitalized in Japan would have to wait for another two weeks before they could return to the U.S.