Days after scientists reveal that coronavirus may be spread by feces, one U.S. city has declared a state of emergency
Feb 26, 2020
The Independent – The city of San Francisco has declared a state of emergency over the deadly coronavirus after health officials warned its spread across the United States was inevitable.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the state of emergency in a statement on Tuesday, saying “the global picture” surrounding the Wuhan coronavirus was “changing rapidly” and city officials “need to step-up preparedness.”
“We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day,” she continued, “and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm.”
There have been not yet been any reported cases of coronavirus in San Francisco.
But there are currently over 80, 200 confirmed cases — the majority of those in China — worldwide, and more than 2,700 deaths resulting from the new virus.
The mayor’s announcement came as officials with the CDC suggested the virus spreading in the US was not a matter of if, but when.
Nancy Messonier, director of the CDC’s National Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a statement: “As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder … ” Read more.