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North Korea reports 6 deaths due to ’spread of fever’ after first confirmed case of Covi


Mangalore Today News Network

Pyongyang, May 13, 2022: Six people have died amid an “explosive” spread of fever, North Korean state media announced. This comes a day after North Korea admitted for the first time ever that a Covid outbreak had occurred.

 

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According to a KCNA news agency report, a total of 1,87,800 people were being treated in isolation after a fever of unidentified origin spread in the country since late April.

While 3,50,000 people showed signs of that fever, 1,62,200 of them have been treated so far.

One of the six people who died after showing fever symptoms contracted the Omicron variant of the virus, KCNA reported.

A day after the country declared “severe national emergency” and called for a thorough lockdown of cities, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un visited the anti-virus command centre on Tuesday.

North Korea had claimed it had not recorded a single Covid case since it closed its borders at the start of the pandemic more than two years ago.

The country has not vaccinated any of its 25 million people, according to experts, and its “poorly resourced healthcare system” would also struggle to cope with a major outbreak.


Courtesy: India Today


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