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Coronavirus: US tells nationals to "reconsider travel" to China amid virus outbreak

(Bloomberg)—The U.S. State Department said citizens should reconsider travel to China in light of the the deadly coronavirus that’s killed at least 80 there and is appearing around the globe from Singapore to Paris.

The U.S. may also expand travel screening at its borders and is closely monitoring 110 people to stop the virus, testing them for presence of the pathogen. As of Monday morning, there have been no new U.S. cases after the first five patients were identified in the past week.

In Hong Kong, authorities announced they would be temporarily closing all sports and cultural facilities starting Wednesday, including museums, swimming pools, public libraries and soccer pitches. Recreational, sports and cultural programs at those venues were canceled until further notice.

US President also said Washing ton maintain a very close communication with China concerning the virus.
"Very few cases reported in USA, but strongly on watch. We have offered China and President Xi any help that is necessary. Our experts are extraordinary!

@realDonaldTrump
We are in very close communication with China concerning the virus. Very few cases reported in USA, but strongly on watch. We have offered China and President Xi any help that is necessary. Our experts are extraordinary!

The new U.S. travel alert, Level 3, is the second highest of four State Department advisories. Previously, the U.S. had urged citizens to “exercise increased caution” when visiting China, while avoiding any travel to the area near Wuhan, the city of 11 million where the epidemic started.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is spearheading the American response, said it’s developed plans for a test that it will share with states in order to more quickly diagnose new cases. It emphasized, however, there is no evidence that the the pathogen is being transmitted within the U.S.

Stocks slumped around the globe on fears over the virus, with the S&P 500 Index sliding the most in almost four months. Bonds and gold rallied

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