The plan, which goes into effect at 5 p.m. ET, includes temporarily denying entry to foreign nationals who visited China in the 14 days prior to their arrival to the US, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Friday.
Restrictions also apply to US citizens who have been in China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, in the 2 weeks prior to their return to the US. Upon their return to the US, those citizens will be subject to a mandatory quarantine of up to 14 days, he said.
US citizens returning from the rest of mainland China in the 14 days prior will undergo health screenings at selected ports of entry and face up to 14 days of self-monitored quarantine.
Flights from China will be directed through 7 airports — John F. Kennedy in New York, Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, Los Angeles and Honolulu.
That sentiment was echoed by National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien who told CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday, “Right now there is no reason for Americans to panic” regarding the coronavirus. O’Brien added, “this is something that is a low risk we think in the US.”
8th case recently traveled from Wuhan
The case poses no increased risk to other students on the schools’ campus, the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission told reporters Saturday. He’s “doing quite well” in quarantine at his home and is being monitored by public health nurses.
Other coronavirus cases have been confirmed in California, Washington state, Arizona and Illinois. In total, according ot the CDC, 241 patients in 36 states are under investigation. Among those, 114 tested negative and 121 had results pending.
Second evacuation of US citizens planned
A second evacuation flight is set to carry US citizens out of of Wuhan, a US official with knowledge of the matter told CNN.
The flight should be ready for departure Monday, according to the official, as indicated in US Embassy Beijing’s email to American citizens who are still in the central Chinese city where the virus originated.
The official said there might be an additional evacuation flight due to continued high-demand from US citizens in Wuhan.
“I can’t confirm the numbers yet, but this upcoming evacuation might not be the last,” the official said said.
Last week the first chartered plane carrying nearly 200 US citizens — including diplomats and their families — arrived at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California.
The CDC ordered a federal 14-day quarantine for those citizens — the first such order in more than 50 years.
Airlines expand their flight cancellations
Delta Air Lines decided to suspended flights until April 30 beginning Sunday — 4 days ealier than initially planned. Its last China-bound flight left on Saturday and the last returning flight from China to the US leaves Sunday.
Meantime, American Airlines, which canceled all flights to mainland China Friday, said Saturday it was canceling flights to Hong Kong through Monday and would make daily decisions on Hong Kong flights depending on the situation.
United Airlines announced Friday it would suspend flights from its hub cities in the US and Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai from February 6 to March 28. Select flights will operate until next week to “help ensure our US-based employees, as well as customers, have options to return home,” it said in a statement.
CNN’s Steven Jiang, Faith Karimi, Evan Perez, Elizabeth Cohen, Jamie Gumbrecht and Shannon Liao contributed to this report.