Georgia now has 31 presumed and confirmed cases of coronavirus

200309-Atlanta-Gov. Brian Kemp enters a crowded press briefing in his ceremonial office at the State Capitol where he gave an update on Covid-19 in Georgia on Monday afternoon March 9, 2020. for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia authorities announced late Wednesday the state had nine additional confirmed and presumed cases of the disease caused by coronavirus, bringing the total number of patients sickened by COVID-19 to 31 across the state.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said there are six new confirmed cases and three new presumptive positive cases of the disease, and health officials said the source of infection of most of them is unknown.

In all, there are 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 presumed positive cases awaiting more testing across a dozen counties in Georgia. Most of the cases are in metro Atlanta, but several have been reported in more rural parts of the state.

The governor’s announcement came shortly after President Donald Trump announced “strong but necessary” steps to keep new cases of the coronavirus from entering the U.S. by suspending some travel from Europe for 30 days.

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