At least 430,000 people have arrived in the US from China — including about 40,000 following President Trump’s travel ban — since the Chinese Communist Party declared its coronavirus outbreak on Dec. 31, according to a report.
Most of those arriving, from a number of different countries, flew into New York, Newark, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Detroit, The New York Times reported, citing an analysis of travel data from both China and the US.
Thousands came directly from Wuhan, the center of the initial coronavirus outbreak, before US health officials had a grip on what was happening.
And they’re still coming.
Americans and others who were not targeted by Trump’s crackdown arrived from Beijing as recently as last week, landing in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, airports that the paper said had uneven screening protocols.
While no one knows when the virus arrived stateside, experts told The Times they believed that it had already spread widely before the first American case was reported in Washington on Jan. 20.
The experts noted that people had been traveling from China to the US during the first half of January as China’s communist leadership sat on information about what would become a global pandemic.
By the time screenings were put into place by mid-month, as many as 4,000 people had flown to the US directly from Wuhan.
The US has roughly 338,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and the country’s death toll was nearing 10,000 on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks worldwide cases.