Chances of coronavirus spreading in U.S. ‘very possible: CDC

Violent protests broke out in Ukraine over fears of the virus spreading. The World Health Organization said the spread of the virus must be stopped before the “window of opportunity…closes completely.
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Next to the alarming new headline on the coronavirus in the U.S. The CDC saying they are now preparing for the possibly, even likely spread of the virus right here in the United States. It comes amid troubling images overseas. The angry mob surrounding busses they thought were carrying patients with the virus. Ian Pannell again tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the global fear of covid-19, as cases around the world continue to anger boiling over in Ukraine as evacuees from China touched down for quarantine. Protesters clashing with police after a false rumor a handful were infected with the new coronavirus. And tonight a somber reality check from the world health organization. Although the number of cases outside China is still small, time to stop the spread of the virus may be running out. The window of opportunity is narrowing, so we need to act quickly before it closes completely. Reporter: New clusters of the virus have grown in just the last few days. In northern Italy, this hospital E.R. Is now closed after a patient spread the virus to five doctors and nurses and others. Restaurants and schools are also being closed down. In South Korea a woman spread the virus to nearly 40 people at her church and beyond, with numbers there growing. The CDC tonight assuring Americans the virus is not spreading in the U.S. Right now, but warning it could. It's very possible, even likely, that it may eventually happen. You may be hearing about schools shutting down, businesses closing in countries in Asia, to reduce the potential spread of this virus. The day may come when we will need to implement such measures in the U.S. Communities. Reporter: Tonight in Japan, the last if you hundred passengers and crew now expected to leave the stricken diamond princess with growing questions about the quarantine on board. Tonight the U.S. Embassy saying it's contacted all patients, telling them they have to test twice with a 24-hour in between before they can think about booking flights home.

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