U.S. officials on Friday declared the coronavirus outbreak a public
health emergency. The declaration comes as American officials announced
the seventh confirmed case of coronavirus in the country in a patient
residing in Santa Clara, California, and Chinese officials announced
more than 10,000 confirmed cases.
As a result of the declaration,
foreign nationals who have traveled to China in the last two weeks and
aren't immediate family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents
will be temporarily banned from entering the country, according to
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Azar also announced that
anyone entering the U.S. who has been in China's Hubei province in the
last two weeks will be subject to a two-week quarantine.