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CHARLOTTE — North Carolina health officials said four people who recently returned to Charlotte from China are being monitored for coronavirus symptoms.

The four were being held in self-quarantine, according to the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

County Manager Dena Diorio told WRAL-TV that the four people — who have not been identified publicly — are considered “medium risk” for development of novel coronavirus,

Diorio said the four were sent home for a voluntary, 14-day self-quarantine. They do not currently have any symptoms, she said.

She said the health department will contact each with information and guidance, and will monitor them for 14 days from their last possible exposure to the virus.

The outbreak that began in China has infected more than 34,800 people globally. More than 700 people in China have died.

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