WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Around 430,000 people have traveled from China to the United States during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Most people who arrived in the US have flown to different cities in the country, such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among others.
- Before the US took its first measures in response to the outbreak, as many as 4,000 have already traveled from Wuhan directly to the country.
There had been at least 430,000 people who traveled from China to the United States since the former declared the COVID-19 outbreak back on December 31.
Most arrivals from different countries flew to numerous cities such as Newark, San Fransisco, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Chicago, according to an analysis of travel data from both countries, as reported by the New York Times.
Before the US health authorities had an understanding of the situation, thousands of travelers from Wuhan, the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, have already arrived in the country. And they kept on coming.
Those who were not included in Trump’s measures, such as American citizens, have landed from Beijing as recently as last week to Los Angeles, New York, and San Fransisco – these airports had irregular screening protocols.
While it is still unknown as to when the coronavirus arrived in the country, authorities told the news outlet that it is likely the virus had already spread even before January 20, which was the first reported American case in Washington.
It is also noted that travelers from China to the US had been arriving in the first half of January. But by the time screening protocols were set by mid-month, around 4,000 travelers have already arrived in the United States from Wuhan, directly.
According to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks COVID-19 cases worldwide, The United States has at least 338,000 confirmed cases with a death toll nearing to 10,000 on Monday.
Source: New York Post