21 more dead as North Korea battles Covid outbreak

A North Korean Central News Agency photo shows Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un visiting the State Emergency Epidemic Prevention Command in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 12. Pyongyang on Thursday confirmed that people sick with fever in the capital had tested positive for the Covid-19 Omicron variant. – EPA pic, May 14, 2022.

NORTH Korea today reported 21 additional deaths from “fever’”, two days after the country announced its first-ever cases of Covid-19 and ordered nationwide lockdowns.

State media said 174,440 new fever cases were discovered on yesterday alone and that 21 people had died, as it moved into “maximum emergency quarantine system” in a bid to slow the spread of disease through its unvaccinated population.

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