Coronavirus live updates: China says death toll hits 213, confirmed cases rise to 9,692

By | January 31, 2020

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All times below in Beijing time.

8 am: China says death toll hits 213, cases rise to 9,692

China’s National Health Commission said there have been an additional 43 deaths and 1,982 new confirmed cases, as of the end of Thursday. That brings the country’s total to 213 deaths and 9,692 confirmed cases, the government said.

All times below in Eastern time.

5:35 pm: Hubei province reports 42 additional deaths

12:37 pm: First human-to-human transmission of coronavirus confirmed in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois public health officials confirmed Thursday the nation’s first person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus. The new patient is the spouse of the Chicago woman who brought the infection back from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, Illinois health officials said during a CDC press briefing. The transmission makes the U.S. at least the fifth country where the infection is now spreading through human-to-human contact.

2:43 pm: WHO declares global health emergency

The World Health Organization said the fast-spreading coronavirus that’s infected more than 8,200 across the world is a global health emergency — a rare designation that helps the international agency mobilize financial and political support to contain the outbreak.

For more of CNBC’s coverage on the coronavirus, read the overnight blog from CNBC’s U.S. team.

— CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr. and William Feuer contributed to this report.

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