Increase in flu cases starts to slow down
The number of flu cases reported in Beijing is increasing at a slower rate, and the spread of infections is predicted to lessen in the next two weeks, the Beijing Commission of Health and Family Planning said on Jan 15. The number of flu cases reported in Beijing has been rising rapidly since December, with children younger than 4 accounting for the biggest share among people of all age groups, Gao Xiaojun, spokesman of the commission, said at a news conference. Beijing reported 9,548 cases in the first week of this year, a rise of more than 21 percent compared with the previous week, according to the commission. The number of cases reported for the last week of 2017 was 7,872, a rise of more than 48 percent compared with the previous week, the data showed.