The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a manufacturing defect in some initial coronavirus test kits that prompted some states to seek emergency approval to use their own test kits.

The novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 continues to spread and has been diagnosed in more than 50 countries

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the public to be prepared for the COVID-19 disease to spread in the United States.

Asia reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases – including an American soldier stationed in South Korea – as the United States warned of a pandemic, the disease spread in Europe and Brazil confirmed Latin America’s first infection.