Gov. Brian Kemp has been in contact with the White House and various health officials regarding the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, he told Lawmakers Capitol Correspondent Patricia Murphy at a press conference Wednesday.

He then outlined preparations being made in and by the state of Georgia. Officially named COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention labeled the virus an epidemic.

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has unveiled an $8.5 billion request to respond to the virus outbreak in the U.S., more than triple Trump's request.

The money would go toward efforts to contain the outbreak in the U.S., vaccine development and manufacture, and reimbursement to states for their costs in tackling the outbreak.

Schumer said Wednesday the money would be an emergency spending request. President Donald Trump has asked for $2.5 billion, but many in Congress say that's not enough.

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The U.N. secretary general has told The Associated Press that the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world but “is not out of control.”


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A metro Atlanta couple has tested positive for the novel coronavirus making international headlines, and the Georgia Department of Public Health is monitoring about 200 residents here who recently traveled to China.

Renee and Clyde Smith were passengers — along with their two grandsons — aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been tied up at the quay in Yokohama south of Tokyo, Japan, for nearly a week. They have since been moved to a hospital in Japan.

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The spread of a deadly new coronavirus is being closely followed by global health officials and the public, with over 31,000 confirmed cases worldwide, over 600 deaths, and 12 cases in the United States so far. 

But along with headlines of quarantines, canceled flights and travel bans comes another threat: misinformation going viral. 


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While the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak in China a global health emergency, influenza and related illness has sickened and killed far more Georgians than the number of people in the United States affected by coronavirus.

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Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines is suspending all flights from the U.S. to China until April 30.

The Atlanta-based company made the decision due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus.

A woman wears a mask as an employee works to prevent a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
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The state health department is encouraging local medical providers to screen for coronavirus.

Health officials are coordinating with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to closely monitor the outbreak in China, the Georgia Department of Public Health said Friday in a news release.

Though no cases have been identified in Georgia, the “situation could change,” the release states. There are hundreds of confirmed cases and at least 25 reported deaths.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta's airport will be used to screen travelers for a new virus that originated in China.

The Atlanta-based Centers For Disease Control and Prevention plans to funnel flights from Wuhan, China, to five airports including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

Travelers on those flights will be screened for a coronavirus that has sickened 300 people in east Asia and killed six.

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