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Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

China's official death toll from the new coronavirus spiked dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed their counting methods, fuelling concern the epidemic is far worse than being reported.

HIV drugs touted as weapon in war on coronavirus

HIV drugs touted as weapon in war on coronavirus

As doctors scramble to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, a potent brew of anti-retroviral and flu drugs has emerged as a possible defence against the disease that has killed hundreds.

China extends holiday to buy time as virus keeps spreading

China extends holiday to buy time as virus keeps spreading

China on Monday extended its biggest national holiday to buy time in the fight against a viral epidemic, as the death toll spiked to 81 despite unprecedented quarantine measures and travel lockdowns.

Epidemic response group says starts work on 3 possible China virus vaccines

Epidemic response group says starts work on 3 possible China virus vaccines

Three separate research teams are to start work on developing potential vaccines against the new coronavirus that is causing a disease epidemic in China, a global coalition set up to fight diseases said on Thursday.

Death toll from Samoa measles epidemic reaches 25

Death toll from Samoa measles epidemic reaches 25

A measles epidemic in Samoa has now claimed 25 lives, with children bearing the brunt of the deadly outbreak, official data in the Pacific island nation showed Monday.

DR Congo ex-health minister arrested for 'embezzling Ebola funds': police

DR Congo ex-health minister arrested for 'embezzling Ebola funds': police

Former DR Congo health minister Oly Ilunga has been arrested over allegations he embezzled public funds to tackle the Ebola epidemic, police said on Saturday.

Ransomware attacks 'global epidemic', says Europol

Ransomware attacks 'global epidemic', says Europol

An ‘epidemic’ has erupted in global ransomware attacks, taking over computers as well as internet-linked devices like routers and CCTV cameras to turn them into tools for criminals ...

Yemen's cholera epidemic hits 600,000, sharp rise in new cases

Yemen's cholera epidemic hits 600,000, sharp rise in new cases

The cholera epidemic, the most explosive on record in terms of its rapid spread, has continually confounded expectations.

Yemen records 500,000 cholera cases, nearly 2,000 deaths

Yemen records 500,000 cholera cases, nearly 2,000 deaths

More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.

Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000

Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000

Yemen's cholera outbreak is set to hit 400,000 cases on Tuesday but there are signs the three-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organisation data analysed by Reuters.

Sri Lanka deploys troops to tackle dengue crisis

Sri Lanka deploys troops to tackle dengue crisis

Sri Lanka deployed hundreds of soldiers to destroy mosquito breeding grounds as the country battles the spread of deadly dengue fever that has killed a record 215 people this year, officials said Sunday.

Hundreds of suspected cholera cases in Yemen

Hundreds of suspected cholera cases in Yemen

At least 570 suspected cases of cholera have surfaced in war-torn Yemen in the past three weeks, sparking fears of a potential epidemic, Doctors Without Borders said Sunday.