US to quarantine all 195 Americans repatriated from China’s Wuhan
US authorities issued a quarantine order for all Americans evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday.
"The CDC, under the statutory authority of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, has issued federal quarantine orders to all 195 American citizens who repatriated to the US on January 29, 2020," the CDC said in a statement.
"The quarantine will last 14 days from when the plane left Wuhan in China," it added.
The plane with the Americans from Wuhan arrived at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California on Wednesday.
US media reported that the CDC issued a quarantine order for the first time in 50 years.
The new strain of coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, located in the Hubei province in December and has since spread to at least 20 countries. The virus has already killed 213 people in China and infected over 9,800 others.