Eighth confirmed coronavirus case in the US

Coronavirus Watch The Americas Top Stories

A Boston man in his 20s is the eighth confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States – and the first in Massachusetts.

According to officials in the commonwealth, the man, a resident of The Hub, recently travelled to Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus first emerged.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission were notified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the positive test results late Friday evening. 

After returning to Massachusetts, the man sought treatment, according to health officials.

Since his return, he has been placed in isolation and his symptoms are being closely monitored.

‘Our priority is not only to protect and inform the residents of Boston but also to help this man continue to recover. We are pleased that he is doing well,’ Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Rita Nieves said. 

‘Right now, we are not asking Boston residents to do anything differently. The risk to the general public remains low. 

‘And we continue to be confident we are in a good position to respond to this developing situation.’ – Daily Mail