Countries began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus that has killed 132 people and infected nearly 6,000.
A plane evacuating 201 Americans from the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak continued Wednesday on to Southern California after everyone aboard passed a health screening test in Anchorage, Alaska. The the plane now heads to California. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
All the passengers had already been through two screenings in China and were screened twice more in Anchorage. Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services says one passenger received medical attention for a minor injury that happened before boarding the airplane in China.
In California, they will undergo additional health screenings and be temporarily housed for a period of time.
China's latest count of 5,974 cases on the mainland was a smaller daily rise than the previous day's -- 1,459 new cases on Wednesday compared to 1,771 on Tuesday.
U.S. health officials are expanding screenings of international travelers and taking other precautions but, for now, they insist the risk to Americans is very low.
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