Coronavirus pandemic has interrupted vaccine supply chains and left families fearful of attending clinics, says UNICEF.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 60 new cases in its morning update, taking the tally to 893 – the largest national total anywhere outside China.
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only countries in the world, where polio is endemic. And in contrast to recent years of gradual improvement, this year there have been at least 72 cases of polio in Pakistan after only eight in 2018.
Wild poliovirus type 3 is the second of three types of the crippling virus to be eradicated worldwide. Only type 1 still remains.
Total number of polio-affected children rises to 41 this year in Pakistan, where militant groups often target polio vaccinators and their security in several regions.
Cases of the crippling disease have steadily increased in the country as attacks on health workers persist and fake news continues to circulate about the deaths of numerous children killed by the vaccine.
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