February 13, 2020 / 10:58 AM / 13 days ago

Rise in new coronavirus cases in China reflects 'broader definition' of infection: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - A jump in the number of new cases of coronavirus in China reflects a “broader definition” of a case of infection, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Thursday.

“It is our current understanding that the new case definition widens the net, and includes not only lab-confirmed cases but also clinically diagnosed cases based on symptoms and exposure,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told Reuters.

He said the Geneva-based United Nations health agency was seeking “further clarity” from China about recent updates to its case definition and reporting protocol for the coronavirus disease outbreak.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, writing by Kate Kelland, editing by Andrew Heavens

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