COVID-19

Death Toll Climbs as North Korea Scrambles to Stock Medicine

North Korea reported 390,000 new fever cases detected Sunday, as an additional eight deaths brought the toll of known deaths to 50, according to state media. Official KCNA said Monday that another emergency meeting of the Workers’ Party political bureau was held the previous day, where leader Kim Jong Un …

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COVID-Hit Shanghai Announces Gradual Reopening of Businesses

Shanghai announced a gradual reopening from Monday of businesses, although it remains unclear when the millions of people still locked down in China’s economic capital will finally be allowed out of their homes. Confronted with its worst COVID-19 outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic, China — the last major …

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North Korea Reports 42 Total Deaths in 4th Day of Lockdown

North Korea said on Sunday that a total of 42 people have died as the country began its fourth day under a nationwide lockdown aimed at stopping the impoverished country’s first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak.  North Korea’s admission on Thursday that it is battling an “explosive” COVID-19 outbreak has raised concerns …

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South Africa Has New Surge of COVID From Omicron Sub-Variants

South Africa is experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by two omicron sub-variants, according to health experts. For about three weeks the country has seen increasing numbers of new cases and somewhat higher hospitalizations, but not increases in severe cases and deaths, said professor Marta Nunes, a researcher …

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At Least 27 Die as ‘Explosive’ Fever Spreads in North Korea

North Korea reported 21 additional deaths Friday among people experiencing fevers, the official KCNA news agency said Saturday, amid the nation’s first outbreak of COVID-19. A Reuters report, quoting KCNA, said nearly 281,000 people had received treatment and 27 in all had died since the fever, the origin of which …

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WHO Chief: ‘Misguided to Think This Pandemic Is Over’

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Thursday at the second U.S.-led virtual COVID summit, co-hosted by Belize, Germany, Indonesia and Senegal.  “So although reported cases and deaths are now decreasing globally, it is misguided to think this pandemic is over. The …

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