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A 90-year-old woman has been killed by the infection as the health ministry said it was checking another 523 suspected cases of listeriosis.

https://news.sky.com/story/amp/spain-issues-international-alert-after-countrys-biggest-ever-listeria-outbreak-11790743

Is "as" a conjunction in "as health ministry..." ? Which meaning of "as" is used here?

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JigneshbharatiWhich meaning of "as" is used here?

Who knows? Probably "while", but it doesn't sound right to me. I wonder if they intended "and" instead of "as". I also wonder if the article was written by a native speaker.

CJ

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"As" in the given sentence could be replaced by any of the following:


, and

. In the meantime

. Meanwhile

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