Feb 14, 2020 8:42 PM

Virus cases rise as experts question China's numbers

Posted Feb 14, 2020 8:42 PM
Photo courtesy: Macau Photo Agency
Photo courtesy: Macau Photo Agency

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese health official says more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected by the new virus and six have died.

China also is reporting another sizable rise in the number of people sickened by the virus, which has killed nearly 1,400 people and spread to other parts of Asia, the U.S. and Europe.

The number of cases has been rising more quickly since the hardest-hit province changed the way it is counting them.

Hubei province is now including cases based on a physician’s diagnosis before they have been confirmed by lab tests.

The World Health Organization is pressing for more details to insure other respiratory illnesses, including influenza, are not getting mixed in with the data.

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Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

NEW YORK (AP) — A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade.

Health officials Friday said 92 flu-related deaths have already been reported in children.

Experts say it is potentially a bad time for an extended flu season, given concerns about the new coronavirus out of China.

If the coronavirus starts spreading in the U.S., there could be confusion about whether people are getting sick with it or the flu. But health officials are trying to use labs that test for flu to check for coronavirus, too.