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Travel Restrictions in Place at Logan International Airport Amid Coronavirus Fears

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Travel from China remained restricted Monday at Logan International Airport as the health authorities across the world grappled with the deadly coronavirus.

Health officials say U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within the last 14 days will be re-routed to one of 11 major airports to undergo enhanced health screening procedures.

Logan Airport is not one of those 11 airports.

The number of coronavirus cases in the country is now at 11, including a UMass Boston student, living in the city, who officials say recently traveled to Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the virus.

After a college student was diagnosed with coronavirus, classmates want more answers from the University of Massachusetts.

"You just can never be too safe," said UMass Boston sophomore Katie Crowther. "This is new to us. It's scary."

While the student is the only confirmed case in the Bay State, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital say the outbreak has people on edge, and they're now heading to emergency rooms.

Travel from China remained restricted Monday at Boston's Logan International Airport as world health officials grappled with the deadly coronavirus.

"We're planning ahead for both an outpatient surge in the primary care/emergency department arena as well as in the inpatient side," said Dr. Paul Biddinger at MGH. "We just don't know what we're going to see yet. It's going to take a little time for the outbreak to evolve."

Three new cases have come in California. One includes a woman who recently traveled to China and another, a San Benito County couple in which the husband also recently traveled to Wuhan, officials say.

Jason Rehfeld lives in Los Angeles and arrived in Logan Airport with his wife from Hong Kong, which still has open borders with China. He says they were not screened.

After the first case of the virus in Massachusetts was confirmed, the number of people diagnosed rises. No one in America has died from the illness.

“Before we got on the plane at Hong Kong we had to make sure you go through multiple layers where they ask you if you went to mainland China, they look at your passport,” he said. 

The number of deaths in mainland China has now surpassed that of SARS virus, with more than 360 dead from the virus in the country and more than 17,000 infected. 

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