New York confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus — also known as COVID-19 — on Sunday evening.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the patient was a woman in her late thirties who contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran. Cuomo added that the woman is currently isolated in her home and that the general risk of contracting the disease in New York remains low. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
New York confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus — also known as COVID-19 — on Sunday evening. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement on Sunday providing details on the patient. "The patient, a woman in her late thirties, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home," Cuomo said. He did not specify where the woman was located. "The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York," Cuomo said. Cuomo said the test was confirmed by a lab in Albany, New York. He said the confirmed case should not cause undue alarm and added that the general risk of contracting the disease in New York remains low. "There is no cause for surprise -- this was expected. As I said from the beginning, it was a matter of when, not if there would be a positive case of novel coronavirus in New York," he said.
"There is no reason for undue anxiety -- the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available." The total number of cases in the US has now risen to at least 75, according to The New York Times. Cases were also reported in Washington State and Rhode Island over the weekend. Globally, the coronavirus has infected over 88,000 people. The total number of deaths from the virus has risen to 2,912, with the majority of cases in mainland China. Read more: WHO director says there's a need to prepare for a 'pandemic' but global markets should 'calm down' as coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global economy We don't have any good treatments for the novel coronavirus right now, but scientists are racing to change that Trump's efforts to muzzle health officials and downplay coronavirus mirror the tactics of an authoritarian regime, experts say Photos of deserted, nearly empty airports around the world show how coronavirus has decimated air travelJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from Vietnam
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