Asia Briefs: Second case of Zika in Taiwan

Second case of Zika in Taiwan

TAIPEI • Taiwan's Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed the island's second imported case of Zika. The latest case is a man from Thailand who was stopped by quarantine officers at a fever screening station after arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport last Thursday, the CDC said.


Aussie lecturer dies on Everest descent

KATHMANDU • A 34-year-old Australian woman has died while descending from the summit of Mount Everest, local officials in Kathmandu said yesterday, the second death on the world's highest mountain in as many days.

The death of Ms Maria Strydom last Saturday was also confirmed by Monash University in Melbourne, where she worked as a lecturer. Officials in Nepal said efforts were being made to take her body down from the mountain.

Last Friday, Dutch climber Eric Ary Arnold died after reaching the summit of the 8,850m mountain.


Five die during Philippine pop concert

MANILA • Five people, including teenagers, died from unknown causes during a pop concert in a suburb of the Philippine capital, police said yesterday. The five were among an estimated 14,000 attending the "Closeup Forever Summer" open-air concert, headlined by Belgian DJ duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, late on Saturday, investigating officer Giovanni Arcinue said. Among the dead was a 33-year-old foreign man, believed to be American, said Mr Arcinue.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe