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Unusual global spread of monkeypox continues; The latest health stories from around the world

Public health officials announced more monkeypox cases in the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, as efforts ramp up to contain the first multinational outbreak of the virus that has led to cases in at least 14 countries according to a report in www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/22/monkeypox-uk-health-security-agency-to-announce-more-cases? The unusual outbreak of the rare disease has sparked a wave of contact …

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North Korea officially announces COVID-19 outbreak; The latest health stories from around the world

Even as most of the world rises to a slowly receding COVID wave, North Korea on Sunday reported 15 additional deaths from “fever” after the country recently announced its first-ever cases of COVID-19 and ordered nationwide lockdowns, television channel NDTV citing AFP reports said. www.ndtv.com/world-news/north-korea-coronavirus-north-korea-covid-north-korea-coronavirus-cases-north-koreas-explosive-covid-outbreak-820-620-cases-in-3-days-2977028 State media KCNA said a total of 42 people had …

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WHO estimates 15 million death toll due to COVID-19; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that nearly 15 million people—about one in every 500 globally—died from causes related to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021 (the first two years of the pandemic), putting the toll from COVID-19 at nearly three times the number that had been officially recorded by countries. India suffered …

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Could climate change aid the spread of viruses? The latest health stories from around the world

Earth’s warming climate is expected to change the habitat of many animal species, which a new modelling study predicts may spell trouble: Species on the move will mingle with many others they have never encountered before, allowing the various animals to exchange viruses. That could spark new disease outbreaks in many wildlife populations—and in humans …

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A third of the world have not had a single COVID-19 vaccination; the latest health stories from around the world

Sixteen months since the COVID-19 vaccination drive began and a third of the world’s population hasn’t yet received a single dose of the vaccine. A shocking 83 percent of all Africans are in the same boat, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on 30 March. Meanwhile last week the total number of …

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India stalls global COVID-19 death toll estimates; the latest health stories from around the world

India is stalling an ambitious effort by the World Health Organization to calculate the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic. Like some other such efforts (less authoritative perhaps) before it, the WHO study has found that vastly more people died than previously believed — a total of about 15 million by the end of …

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Food supplies run low in Shanghai COVID-19 lockdown; the latest health stories from around the world

A citywide COVID-19 lockdown in China’s financial capital of Shanghai has disrupted food supplies badly, causing a wave of anxiety as residents ration dwindling stores of vegetables and staples. COVID-test requirements for truckers entering Shanghai have caused delays in the delivery of foods and other commodities. Within the city, many food delivery workers have been …

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Shanghai becomes COVID-19 hotspot; the latest health stories from around the world

COVID-19 cases in China’s largest city of Shanghai have risen again as millions remain isolated at home under a sweeping lockdown ̐(www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/03/covid-cases-rise-in-shanghai-as-millions-remain-in-lockdown) Health officials on Sunday reported 438 confirmed cases detected over the previous 24 hours, along with 7,788 asymptomatic cases, up slightly from the day before. While small by the standards elsewhere in the …

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China announces city wide lockdown to curb COVID-19; the latest health stories from around the world

Sticking to its “zero COVID” policy, China has announced its biggest city-wide lockdown since the COVID outbreak began more than two years ago. The city of Shanghai will be locked down in two stages over nine days while authorities carry out COVID-19 testing. ( www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-60893070) The important financial hub has battled a new wave of …

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China and Hong Kong report COVID-19 surge; the latest health stories from around the world

China and Hong Kong have become the new focal point of the latest COVID-19 surge. China is enduring its first big outbreak of the Omicron variant and its “zero COVID” policy is bringing more pain with little gain. The restrictions pose a threat to China’s economic rebound and the world’s supply chains.  Hong Kong, once …

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