Why Washington health officials fear novel coronavirus may have been quietly spreading

JUDY WOODRUFF: The toll from the coronavirus is edging up tonight across the United States. So far, there are six known deaths, all in Washington state, but there are fears the virus is considerably more widespread than previously known. Lisa Desjardins begins our coverage LISA DESJARDINS: In the greater Seattle area, health officials now question […]

With novel coronavirus deaths rising, health officials face grilling on Capitol Hill

JUDY WOODRUFF: The coronavirus outbreak has claimed more American lives and more American wealth. The death toll reached nine today, with more than 100 diagnosed cases nationwide. And as economic damage spread, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced that the Central Bank is cutting a key interest rate by half-a-point. JEROME POWELL, Federal Reserve Chairman: […]

US declares coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency

The World Health Organization’s decision to declare the 2019 novel coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern, I have today declared that the coronavirus presents a public health emergency in the United States. Beginning at 5pm Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, 2nd February, he United States government will implement temporary measures to increase our abilities […]

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How U.S. health officials are responding to the threat of novel coronavirus

JUDY WOODRUFF: And now back to our top story: more questions today about the fate of Americans aboard two cruise ships caught up in the global coronavirus crisis. Amna Nawaz has the latest. AMNA NAWAZ: This is not how Cheryl and Paul Molesky envisioned their cruise vacation. CHERYL MOLESKY, QUARANTINED Passenger: We have been in […]