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For the first time, new cases outside of China exceed new cases reported within China.
In Europe, Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland reported their first cases, with links to Italy, as Middle East countries reported more cases, fueled by Iran's outbreak.
Research news includes evidence of person-to-person spread before symptoms.
Health officials are investigating a family cluster at a French ski resort, Singapore shares details on local transmission, and the CDC releases guidance for businesses.
While officials investigate imported cases not apparently linked directly to China, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, says, "This is still first and foremost an emergency for China."
The outbreak is now approaching 10,000 cases, including 213 deaths.
The visit from WHO officials comes as cases in China top 4,000 and deaths surge past 100—and novel coronavirus activity heats up in several countries outside of China.
China reports 688 new cases today, with the head of the World Health Organization en route.
The emergency committee holds off on declaring a public health emergency of international concern.
Fourteen health workers are now infected in the 218-case nCoV outbreak.
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