CDC Quarantines 195 Americans Evacuated From Wuhan

Friday, January 31, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 01/31/2020


New York Post reports first Coronavirus case in Queen, but NYC health spokesman denies.
Confirmed cases worldwide rise to 9,928 from 7,700 a day earlier, with 213 fatalities.
UK Researchers suggests 75,800 infected in Wuhan
Impact of virus “not fully reflected” in rigged China PMI number
Goldman disagrees with Ross, says virus blowback will wipe 0.4% off US GDP growth
‘The U.K. health department confirmed two cases of coronavirus in England on Friday, while the U.S. and Japan advised citizens to avoid traveling to China.
UK confirms first two coronavirus cases after multiple scares
Hong Kong schools shuttered until March 2
Singapore closes borders to Chinese travelers, first southeast Asian nation to do so.
More than 43 airlines cancel flights to China
France successfully evacuates citizens
1,000 suspected virus cases ‘under observation’ in India
Confirmed cases near 10,000 as Russia confirms 2
JPM cuts global growth forecast
United and Delta allow pilots to decline trips
Delta expands China cancellations through April; American also suspends flights
CDC quarantines Americans
Canada announces fourth case
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Update (1315ET): In a historic move, the CDC has issued an official federal quarantine order for the Americans who returned to Alaska then California, on a chartered Boeing jet. The 195 passengers were mostly diplomats and other professionals living in Wuhan. The quarantine order will keep them isolated for 2 weeks – the same length of time that evacuees in the UK will face.


Its the first time such an order has been issued in 50 years. The CDC also warned that the virus continues to spread rapidly in China, appearing to contradict their international partners at the WHO.

Curious how the CDC has the authority to do this? Here’s a rundown on how federal quarantine powers work, from the CDC’s website:

The federal government derives its authority for isolation and quarantine from the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Under section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code § 264), the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to take measures to prevent the entry and spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and between states.

Federal isolation and quarantine are authorized for these communicable diseases

* Cholera
* Diphtheria
* Infectious tuberculosis
* Plague
* Smallpox
* Yellow fever
* Viral hemorrhagic fevers
* Severe acute respiratory syndromes
* Flu that can cause a pandemic
Federal isolation and quarantine are authorized by Executive Order of the President. The President can revise this list by Executive Order.
The authority for carrying out these functions on a daily basis has been delegated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Under 42 Code of Federal Regulations parts 70 and 71, CDC is authorized to detain, medically examine, and release persons arriving into the United States and traveling between states who are suspected of carrying these communicable diseases.

As part of its federal authority, CDC routinely monitors persons arriving at U.S. land border crossings and passengers and crew arriving at U.S. ports of entry for signs or symptoms of communicable diseases.

When alerted about an ill passenger or crew member by the pilot of a plane or captain of a ship, CDC may detain passengers and crew as necessary to investigate whether the cause of the illness on board is a communicable disease.

Elsewhere in North America, Canada’s Global News reports that Canada is about to announce its fourth confirmed case of the virus. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that the White House could further restrict travel to China, possibly in the form of an outright ban on travel in China for Americans. Last night, the State Department lifted its travel advisory warning to 4.

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