• New York state confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus on Sunday evening. 

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the patient is a woman in her late 30s who contracted the virus while travelling in Iran. 
  • According to state officials the woman lives in Manhattan, NBC News reported.
  • Cuomo said the woman is isolated in her home and added that the general risk of contracting the disease in New York remains low. 
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New York confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus on Sunday evening.

“The patient, a woman in her late 30s, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

He did not specify where in the state the woman is located, but state officials said the woman lives in Manhattan, NBC News reported.

“The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York,” Cuomo said. 

Cuomo said the patient’s test was confirmed by a lab in Albany. He added that the case should not cause undue alarm.

“There is no cause for surprise — this was expected. As I said from the beginning, it was a matter of when, not if there would be a positive case of novel coronavirus in New York,” Cuomo said. 

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Tourists wearing masks walk through Union Square in New York City on February 28, 2020, amid fears of the coronavirus.

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“There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available,” he added. 

The total number of US coronavirus cases in the US is at least 75. That total includes at least 44 repatriated citizens who’d been on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Officials have recorded several potential cases of community spread in the US — patients who had no known exposure to the virus or travel history in China.

The first US coronavirus patient died on Saturday: a man in his 50s in Washington state. 

Globally, the coronavirus has infected over 88,500 people, and killed more than 3,000.

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