GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that COVID-19 may spread rapidly in North Korea, where it said vaccination programmes had yet to begin. “With the country yet to initiate COVID-19 vaccination, there is risk that the virus may spread rapidly among the masses unless curtailed with immediate and appropriate measures,” said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO’s regional director for South-East Asia, in a statement sent to journalists. In the same statement, the WHO…"COVID-19 may spread rapidly in North Korea, WHO warns"
SEOUL – Standing tall in bright red hazmat suits, five North Korean health workers stride towards an ambulance to do battle with a COVID-19 outbreak that – in the presumed absence of vaccines – the country is using antibiotics and home remedies to treat. The isolated state is one of only two countries yet to begin a vaccination campaign and, until last week, had insisted it was COVID-free. Now it is mobilizing forces including the…"Lacking vaccines, N.Korea battles COVID with antibiotics, home remedies"
– Shanghai authorities on Monday provided their clearest timetable yet on lifting the city’s lockdown that has been in place for over six weeks, saying they plan to fully restore normal life from June 1. Draconian measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 in China’s largest city have generated widespread frustration and anger among its 25 million residents and contributed to a slowdown in the country’s economic activity. Most people have been forbidden to leave…"Factbox-Shanghai provides roadmap out of lockdown"
– Shanghai set out plans on Monday for the return of more normal life from June 1 and the end of a painful COVID-19 lockdown that has lasted more than six weeks and contributed to a sharp slowdown in China’s economic activity. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals for a case tracker and summary of news. EUROPE * Russia will promptly consider any request from North Korea for COVID-19 vaccine supplies, Kremlin…"Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
BEIJING – Mainland China reported 1,227 new coronavirus cases for May 15, of which 151 were symptomatic and 1,076 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Monday. That compares with 1,789 new cases a day earlier, consisting of 239 symptomatic and 1,550 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately. There were four new deaths, bringing the death toll to 5,213. As of May 15, mainland China had confirmed 221,955 coronavirus cases."China reports 1,227 new COVID cases for May 15 vs 1,789 a day earlier"
SHANGHAI/BEIJING -Shanghai will gradually begin reopening businesses such as shopping malls and hair salons in China’s financial and manufacturing hub from Monday after weeks in strict COVID-19 lockdown, while Beijing battles a small but stubborn outbreak. All but shut down for more than six weeks, Shanghai is tightening curbs in some areas that it hopes marks a final push in its campaign against the virus, which has infuriated and exhausted residents of China’s largest and…"Shanghai aims to reopen more COVID-shut businesses, Beijing battles on"
– Russia will promptly consider any request from North Korea for COVID-19 vaccine supplies, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “North Korean comrades are well aware of our various inoculations, they are aware of our extensive experience with COVID,” Peskov said. “If there are appeals from Pyongyang, they will be dealt with promptly.” At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and hundreds of thousands have shown fever symptoms,…"Russia would consider North Korea request for COVID vaccine supply"
SEOUL – North Korea’s admission that it is battling an “explosive” COVID-19 outbreak has raised concerns that the virus could devastate a country with an under-resourced health system, limited testing capabilities, and no vaccine programme. The isolated North confirmed on Thursday its first COVID-19 infections since the pandemic emerged more than two years ago, shifting to the “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system” and imposing a national lockdown. On Friday it reported its first COVID-related death.…"Explainer-How N.Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak could ignite a major health crisis"
BEIJING – Mainland China reported 2,532 new coronavirus cases on May 12, of which 331 were symptomatic and 2,201 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Friday. That compares with 1,917 new cases a day earlier, consisting of 237 symptomatic and 1,680 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately. There were two new deaths, bringing the death toll to 5,205. As of May 12, mainland China had confirmed 221,289 coronavirus cases."China reports 2,532 new COVID cases on May 12 vs 1,917 a day earlier"
SHANGHAI – The Chinese financial hub of Shanghai reported 1,869 new local asymptomatic coronavirus cases for May 12, up from 1,305 a day earlier, the city’s health authority said on Friday. Confirmed symptomatic cases rose to 227 from 144 the previous day. The number of cases found outside quarantined areas rose to four, up from two on the previous day. Shanghai reported two new COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, down from five a day earlier. The…"Shanghai reports 1,869 new local asymptomatic COVID-19 cases for May 12"