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San Francisco declares state of emergency over coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — San Francisco declares state of emergency to help prepare for an outbreak of coronavirus; there are currently no confirmed cases in the city.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the state of emergency in a statement on Tuesday, saying “the global picture” surrounding the Wuhan coronavirus was “changing rapidly” and city officials “need to step-up preparedness.”

“We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day,” he continued, “and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm.”

There are currently over 80, 200 confirmed cases — the majority of those in China — worldwide, and more than 2,700 deaths resulting from the new virus. 

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