North Korea faces infectious disease outbreak amid COVID battle

A sign depicting a scene of medical products transportation is displayed at the empty street, amid growing fears over the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo on May 23, 2022. Kyodo via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, June 16 (Reuters) … Read more

U.S. drops COVID testing for incoming international air travelers

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – The United States late Friday rescinded a 17-month-old requirement that people arriving in the country by air test negative for COVID-19, a move that follows intense lobbying by airlines and the travel industry. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky issued a four-page order lifting the mandate, … Read more

Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, WHO says

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa will lead to a pandemic, an official said on Monday, adding it remains unclear if infected people who are not displaying symptoms can transmit the disease. More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox – a usually … Read more

WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases cross 100 in Europe

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Rare outbreak of viral disease outside Africa Cases … Read more

North Korea mobilises army, steps up tracing amid COVID wave

SEOUL, May 17 (Reuters) – North Korea has mobilized its military to distribute COVID medications and deployed more than 10,000 health workers to help trace potential patients as it fights a sweeping coronavirus wave, state media KCNA said on Tuesday. The isolated country is grappling with its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak, which it confirmed last … Read more

North Korea’s Kim says COVID ‘great turmoil’, 21 new deaths reported

Reports 21 new deaths among people with fevers for Friday About 280,810 people being treated with symptoms -KCNA Kim offers to donate medical supplies Outbreak could deepen an already dire food situation SEOUL, May 14 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Saturday that the spread of COVID-19 had thrust his country … Read more

N.Korea reports first COVID-19 death as fever spreads ‘explosively’

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and hundreds of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said on Friday, offering hints at the potentially dire scale of country’s first confirmed outbreak of the pandemic. The data represents an unprecedented admission of an “explosive” … Read more

N.Korea reports first COVID outbreak, orders lockdown in “gravest emergency”

North Korea declares ‘gravest national emergency’ Potential for ‘unprecedented crisis’ for Kim Jong Un – expert Isolated state has declined offers of vaccine No North Korean civilians are believed vaccinated SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea reported its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national lockdown, … Read more

Shanghai fences up COVID-hit areas, fuelling fresh outcry

SHANGHAI, April 24 (Reuters) – Shanghai authorities battling an outbreak of COVID-19 have erected fences outside residential buildings, sparking fresh public outcry over a lockdown that has forced much of the city’s 25 million people indoors. Images of white hazmat suit-clad workers sealing entrances of housing blocks and closing off entire streets with roughly two … Read more

U.S. will no longer enforce mask mandate on airplanes, trains after court ruling

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – The Biden administration will no longer enforce a US mask mandate on public transportation, after a federal judge in Florida on Monday ruled that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful, overturning a key White House effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Soon after the announcement, all major carriers including American … Read more