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Medical workers in protective suits move a patient at an isolated ward of a hospital in Caidian district following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 6, 2020.

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Total confirmed cases: More than 43,100
Total deaths: At least 1,018

7:30 am: 13th case confirmed in the US among China evacuees

The first confirmed case of novel coronavirus has been found among hundreds of people who were evacuated from China to military bases around the United States, it was reported Monday. The adult and three other evacuees had been in hospital isolation after showing symptoms of the virus but on Sunday, federal health officials said they had tested negative and they were sent back to the base, where they joined more than 200 people who are under a 14-day quarantine. On Monday morning, however, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed county health officials that “further testing revealed that one of the four patients tested positive” for novel coronavirus and the person was returned to hospital isolation, UC San Diego Health said in a statement. Another evacuee from Miramar also was hospitalized for evaluation Monday afternoon, UC San Diego Health said in a statement. ”Both patients are doing well and have minimal symptoms,” the statement said. This is the seventh confirmed case of novel coronavirus in California and the 13th in the United States. — Associated Press

5:30 am: China’s top virus expert reportedly says outbreak may peak this month

China’s fast-spreading coronavirus may peak in February, before cases then start to plateau and ease over the coming months, Beijing’s top economic adviser told Reuters. Zhong Nanshan, a leading epidemiologist who become known around the world for his role tackling the SARS epidemic in 2003, said the situation in China was already showing signs of improving, pointing to the number of new cases falling overnight. He added that he believes the outbreak would peak either by the middle or the end of February before the number of cases would then start to fall. Zhong had previously predicted an earlier peak for the coronavirus, Reuters reported.

4:25 am: WHO chief says outbreak ‘holds a very grave threat’ for world

The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly warned that while almost all of the confirmed coronavirus cases are in China, the outbreak constitutes a “very grave threat” for the rest of the world. ”With 99% of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during opening remarks of a meeting between more than 400 researchers and national authorities, Reuters reported Tuesday. His comments come less than 24 hours after he told reporters at the UN health agency’s headquarters in Geneva that cases detected outside China “could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire.”

As of Monday night, China’s National Health Commission reported that a total of 42,638 cases had been confirmed in the country, with 1,016 deaths. (See 8:17 a.m. update).

Read CNBC’s coverage from CNBC’s Asia-Pacific team overnight here: WHO chief says outbreak ‘holds a very grave threat’ for world.

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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