Kim Jong Un criticizes officials over slow medical deliveries amid North Korean outbreak – National

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials for slow drug deliveries and ordered his military to respond to the rising but largely undiagnosed COVID-19 crisis that has sickened 1.2 million people with fevers and left 50 dead in a matter of days, state media said Monday. † More than 564,860 people are in quarantine … Read more

Xinhua Asia-Pacific News Feed at 1600 GMT, May 15

JAKARTA — One person was killed and five others injured when an oil refinery owned by Indonesian state oil and gas company PT Pertamina caught fire on Sunday in the town of Balikpapan in East Kalimantan province, a rescue worker said. The accident took place at 11:00 am local time and the victims were workers … Read more

North Korea reports 42 COVID-19 deaths amid nationwide lockdown – National

North Korea said on Sunday a total of 42 people had died as the country began its fourth day under a nationwide lockdown to halt the impoverished country’s first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak. On Thursday, North Korea acknowledged a COVID outbreak for the first time and ordered the lockdowns. State news agency KCNA said the country … Read more

Omicron strains labeled as ‘variants of concern’ by health officials

t Two strains of Omicron have been labeled “variants of concern” that could dominate Covid-19 cases in Europe this summer, health officials warned. A report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warns that variants BA.4 and BA.5 could lead to a surge in cases across the continent in the coming months. … Read more

North Korea reports 21 new deaths from people with fever amid COVID-19 outbreak – National

North Korea reported 21 new deaths among people with a fever on Friday, the state news agency reported Saturday, as the country battles its first COVID-19 outbreak, which state leader Kim Jong Un has called a “major turmoil”. About 280,810 people have been treated and 27 have died since a fever of unknown origin was … Read more

ardern: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tests positive for Covid

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tested positive for COVID-19 with moderate symptoms, her office said in a statement on Saturday. She will not be in parliament on Monday for the government’s emissions reduction plan and the upcoming budget on Thursday. “Travel arrangements for its trade mission to the United States are not affected at … Read more

Mick Malthouse latest to back Wahgunyah footy club after 431 point loss

A growing number of AFL stars are helping local football clubs struggling to recover from the effects of COVID. Most important points: Mick Malthouse follows Wahgunyah’s training after a record loss of 431 points Eight former AFL players have been called up to clubs across the state Clubs say continued support is needed for survival … Read more

Xinhua Asia-Pacific News Feed at 1000 GMT, May 13

SYDNEY — Voices have risen for a mask mandate in the state of Western Australia as COVID-19 continues to pile up, wreaking havoc on an already strained health system. Western Australia Health recorded 15,565 new COVID-19 cases at 8 p.m. local time on Thursday, surpassing 15,000 for the third consecutive day. (Australia-COVID19-Mask) † ISLAMABAD — … Read more

Xinhua Asia-Pacific News Feed at 1000 GMT, May 13

SYDNEY — Voices have risen for a mask mandate in the state of Western Australia as COVID-19 continues to pile up, wreaking havoc on an already strained health system. Western Australia Health recorded 15,565 new COVID-19 cases at 8 p.m. local time on Thursday, surpassing 15,000 for the third consecutive day. (Australia-COVID19-Mask) † ISLAMABAD — … Read more

Covid-19: Shanghai tries to relax 7-week virus lockdown in a few days

BEIJING: Shanghai will try to reopen in a few days after it eliminates transmission of Covid-19 among the general population as the outbreak in China’s largest city subsides, an official said Friday. The city’s strict lockdown — now in its seventh week, but sometimes lifted and amplified to residents’ frustration — is part of the … Read more