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US agency ships test kits across nation to combat virus

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Passengers arrive at Los Angeles International Airport from Shanghai after a positive case of the coronavirus was announced in the Orange County suburb of Los Angeles.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The U.S. now has 12 cases of the new coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday as it moved to send domestic and foreign labs hundreds of diagnostic kits it developed to aid in the fight.

California has six confirmed patients, while Illinois has two. Arizona, Washington, Wisconsin and Massachusetts have one each.

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