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North Korea reports 6 deaths after announcing Covid-19 outbreak

ANKARA

North Korea on Friday confirmed six deaths from Covid-19, which was the country’s first confirmation of a pandemic death.

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the coronavirus began to spread in the country late last month and has infected more than 350,000 people so far.

More than 162,200 have recovered from the infection, while 187,800 people have been isolated for treatment.

“Six people died (one of whom tested positive for the BA.2 sub-variant of omicron),” KCNA reported.

On Thursday, North Korea reported 18,000 new Covid-19 cases and imposed a nationwide quarantine.

North Korea is one of the few countries that has not reported any cases since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the country’s emergency Pandemic prevention headquarters to brief him on the current situation.

Kim ordered lockdowns and measures to control the spread of the virus.

North Korea’s deterrence strategy hinges on a total border closure from January 2020.

The World Health Organization has no record of Covid-19 vaccinations in the country of 25 million where Pyongyang has repeatedly turned down offers of vaccine supplies from the international community.

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