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China counts 170 virus deaths, new countries find infections

Posted at 5:54 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 05:54:15-05

BY KEN MORITSUGU, BEIJING — China has counted 170 deaths from a new virus and more countries have reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home.

India and the Philippines reported their first cases, in a traveler and a student who had both been the Chinese city where the new coronavirus first surfaced.

South Korea confirmed a case that was locally spread, in a man who had contact with a patient diagnosed earlier.

Locally spread cases outside China have been a worrying concern among global health officials.

The World Health Organization is reconvening experts on Thursday to assess whether the outbreak should be declared a global emergency.