Death toll from dengue in the Philippines hit 1,021 in 8 months Sep 11, 2019 0 1078 12345 dpaManilaMore than 1,000 people have died from dengue in the Philippines in the first eight months of the year, the health department said Tuesday. Nearly 40 per cent of the 1,021 victims who died from the disease between January 1 and August 24 were children aged 5 years to 9 years old, the Department of Health said.The death toll was almost double the 622 deaths recorded in the same period last year, it added. A total of 249,332 dengue cases were reported from January to August, compared to 119,224 in the same eight months in 2018, the department said.Last month, the Philippines declared a national dengue epidemic amid a surge in the number of cases. Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said the epidemic was not yet under control even though the rate of increase in the number of cases has slowed down since August. “As long as there is community transmission, we can’t say it’s under control,” he said. “We have to be on guard against dengue until the end of the year.” RELATED ARTICLES India locates missing Moon lander Sep 11, 2019 0 718 Taliban vow to fight on after Trump says talks are ‘dead’ Sep 11, 2019 0 249 Bangladesh cuts mobile internet access in Rohingya camps Sep 11, 2019 0 232 HK protesters boo Chinese anthem, as leader warns against interference Reuters HONG KONG Anti-government protests that have roiled Hong Kong for more than three months spread to the sports field on Tuesday, as many local fans defied Chinese law to boo the country’s national anthem ahead of a .. Pakistan warns of ‘genocide’ in Kashmir, India hits back Reuters GENEVA Pakistan’s foreign minister told the United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday that India’s military presence in the disputed Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raised the spectre of genocide. .. Trump says Pakistan-India conflict over Kashmir less heated now, reiterates offer to mediate Washington: US President Donald Trump said that the conflict between Pakistan and India over Kashmir was “a little less heated” now than it was two weeks ago. Speaking to media before departing from the White House in .. Taliban take complete district in northern Afghanistan Kabul: The Taliban have taken control of the whole of a district in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province, local officials said on Tuesday. The centre of Takhar’s Yangi Qala district was overrun by the Taliban on Monday .. Hundreds of schools shut as massive forest-fire haze blankets SE Asia AFP Jambi, Indonesia Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia’s rainforests -- some of the world’s biggest -- with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools in Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday. .. North Korea fires ‘projectiles’ after offering talks with US Seoul: North Korea on Tuesday fired projectiles into the sea, South Korea’s military said, hours after Pyongyang said it was willing to hold working-level talks this month with the United States. Negotiations between ..