Transcript for Health officials confirm at least 3 new cases of deadly coronavirus in US
story developing tonight, health initials confirming three new cases of the deadly new coronavirus in the U.S. Travelers on alert at American airports, as the CDC reports two new patients in California and one in Arizona, bringing the total number of cases here to five. The streets in some Chinese cities near the epicenter deserted. 50 million people there under a travel lockdown. We're also hearing stories about Americans stranded in China, unable to leave as authorities race to stop the outbreak from spreading. Ian Pannell is in China tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the global effort to contain the potentially deadly coronavirus intensifying as the number of cases in the U.S. Rises to five. The centers for disease control confirming two new cases in California and another in Arizona. The characteristics of this virus are still being determined, which is why we're taking this as a serious threat to public health. Reporter: All this as Chinese health officials say 56 have died from the virus, and more than 2,000 are infected. Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and 14 other cities, now in lockdown. That's a total of 50 million people ordered to stay in place. In Wuhan, people wear face masks just to do shopping. Not knowing when they'll be able to leave the city again. And as the outbreak grows, a massive construction effort is under way to build three new hospitals in just days. And tonight, the race to get Americans trapped in the virus-stricken region out. The U.S. Consulate in Wuhan announcing its plans to evacuate Americans on a charter plane. We spoke with one American family desperate to leave. The infection breaking out while they visited family to celebrate the Chinese new year. My biggest concern for my 3-month-old is his developing immune system. We're scared and there's a little guilt involved from putting him in this situation. Reporter: Chinese officials are warning the virus could be even more contagious than first thought. If verified, that may make it even harder to contain. Tom? Ian, thank you. Next tonight, the
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