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Coronavirus Outbreak: State Department Now Warns Against Any Travel To China

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Before the warning went out, signs at LAX advised travelers to and from Wuhan, China. (Jackie Fortiér for LAist)
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The U.S. State Department is warning against all travel to China out of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

The Level 4 Travel Advisory -- the highest level warning -- comes hours after the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency and American officials confirmed the first person-to-person spread of the virus in the U.S.

Chinese health officials say there are now 9,692 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country. 213 people have died.

The CDC's current count has 5 confirmed cases in the U.S. -- new numbers are expected tomorrow.

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In Los Angeles County, where authorities are combatting rumors and warning against discrimination, leaders plan to provide the public with updates at a news conference Friday morning. Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) are scheduled to speak and the news release said members of the local Chinese American community will participate.

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