Deaths from coronavirus rise to 170 in China

Posted at 4:59 AM, Jan 30, 2020

China has counted 170 deaths from the coronavirus 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 people who had been in 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.