Flu, not Coronavirus, is bigger concern in NY

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 07, 2020 05:46 PM
Created: February 07, 2020 04:34 PM

Gov. Cuomo and state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker gave us an update Friday on coronavirus. They say there are still no confirmed cases in New York.

Four people were taken to a hospital for observation after getting off a cruise ship in New Jersey, but they're not believed to have the virus.


Zucker says right now the bigger issue in New York is the flu.

"Last week alone 1,889 New Yorkers were hospitalized with lab-confirmed influenza. At same time, 17,321 lab-confirmed cases, a 15 percent increase over the prior week and the highest numbers we have seen," Zucker said.

The World Health Organization announced Friday more than 600 people have died from the coronavirus with over 31,000 confirmed cases.

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