Officials: 2 University of Delaware students screened for possible coronavirus

Two University of Delaware students are being screened for possible coronavirus, school officials announced Tuesday.

The students, who do not live on campus, are currently in isolation at an area hospital.

A microscopic view of the coronavirus at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by CDC/Getty Images)

The Division of Public Health is coordinating testing with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and results are expected in the coming days. Officials stressed that risk remains low. 

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus in Delaware. 

The coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan City, China.


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The viral outbreak emerged late last year and has infected more than 45,100 people globally.

As of Tuesday, the total number of cases in mainland China reached 44,653 and the death toll hit 1,113. Two people have died elsewhere, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also announced Tuesday that the disease had been officially named COVID-19.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.