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THURSDAY, February 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) – After the growth-reduction chart earlier this week, new cases of coronavirus infections in China increased by nearly 15,000 in a day, while the number of deaths increased. skyrocketing to 1,367, Chinese health officials reported Thursday.
Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Wednesday that a 14th case of coronavirus infection was confirmed in the country. The patient is one of hundreds of American evacuees from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak.
"Most diseases are in China. However, we can and should prepare for this new virus to have a foothold in the US," said Dr. Nancy Messonier, director of the National Center for Immunology and Respiratory Diseases. , said in a media briefing on Wednesday. "At some point, we can see the community spread in the United States or other countries and that will trigger a change in our reaction strategy."
Although it is unclear why so many new cases have been confirmed in China in the past 24 hours, it is believed that doctors are currently using pulmonary scans to diagnose people with coronavirus symptoms, New York Times report.
The medical reason is that doing so will make more people sick get treated faster, the newspaper said. But US experts note that lung scans are not exactly the same tests that health officials have used to detect …