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Death Toll In DRC Ebola Outbreak Surpasses 500, Health Minister Says

Al Jazeera: Ebola death toll in DR Congo passes 500: Health ministry “More than 500 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but a vaccination program has prevented thousands more deaths, the country’s health minister said…” (2/9). CBC Radio: ‘Whack-a-mole’ Ebola outbreak…

Afghanistan, Pakistan See Increase In Reported Polio Cases In 2019; Vaccination Efforts Hindered By Militant Threats, Misinformation

VOA: Polio Remains Threat in Militant-hit Areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan “Afghanistan and Pakistan witnessed a spike in reported polio cases last year, further highlighting what local officials call an imminent threat to the border region between the two countries caused by militant threats and misinformation. … According to the…

News Outlets Report On China’s Handling Of Coronavirus Outbreak, Political Impacts

Financial Times: Coronavirus: the cost of China’s public health cover-up (Kynge et al., 2/5). New York Times: China Clamps Down on Coronavirus Coverage as Cases Surge (Zhong et al., 2/5). Reuters: China troubled at U.K. PM Johnson’s silence over coronavirus: BBC (Faulconbridge, 2/6). Reuters: China may delay annual meeting of…

China Changes Coronavirus Case Diagnosis Criteria In Hubei Province

AP: China reports spike in virus cases with new way of counting “China on Thursday reported a sharp spike in deaths and infections from a new virus after the hardest-hit province of Hubei applied a new classification system that broadens the scope of diagnoses for the outbreak, which has spread…

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