Portugal discovers 5 cases of monkeypox in men as outbreak spreads

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese health authorities confirmed five cases of monkeypox in young men on Wednesday, and Britain announced two new cases, marking an unusual outbreak in Europe of a disease usually confined to Africa . Portugal’s Directorate General of Health said it was also investigating 15 suspected cases and all were identified this … Read more

Pakistan hit by deadly cholera outbreak as heatwave grips South Asia

Temperatures in parts of Pakistan and India have hit record highs in recent weeks, putting the lives of millions at risk as the effects of the climate crisis reverberate across the subcontinent. Cholera cases were first identified in Pir Koh, a remote mountain town in Balochistan province, on April 17. Since then, more than 2,000 … Read more

North Korea reports new fever outbreak amid COVID-19 crisis

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday reported another big spike in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 and encouraged good health habits as a massive outbreak spreads to its unvaccinated population and military officers were deployed to distribute medicine. State media said the Northern Antivirus headquarters reported another 269,510 people had a fever … Read more

North Korea has an ‘explosive’ COVID outbreak and 0% vaccination rate

North Korea officially claimed no cases of COVID-19 until last Thursday. Now Pyongyang says 1.2 million people have febrile COVID-like symptoms, 50 people have died and the whole country is under control. Why is this important: North Korea has a 0% vaccination rate and meager health facilities, and it was already struggling to feed its … Read more

Kim blasts pandemic response as North Korean outbreak surges

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has criticized authorities for slow drug deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a spike in suspected COVID-19 infections as his country struggles to contain a fever that is said to have killed dozens of people and sickened almost a million more in the … Read more

What we know (and don’t know) about North Korea’s Covid outbreak

North Korea reported 21 more deaths and 174,440 new “fever cases” on Friday, according to state media KCNA, although it did not say how many deaths and cases were Covid-related, likely in due to the country’s extremely limited testing capacity. But given the opaque nature of the regime and the country’s isolation from the world … Read more