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North Korea reports six deaths after announcing COVID-19 outbreak

North Korea confirmed six deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, May 13, the first fatalities from the disease in the isolated Asian country after authorities reported an outbreak, state media reported.

yesAccording to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the coronavirus began to spread in the country late last month, infecting 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 them tested positive for the Omicron subvariant BA.2),” the KCNA reported.

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On Thursday, North Korea reported 18,000 new cases of COVID-19 and imposed a nationwide lockdown.

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 state emergency Pandemic prevention headquarters, where he was briefed on the current situation.

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

North Korea’s prevention strategy was based on a complete closure of the border from January 2020. The World Health Organization has no records of COVID-19 vaccines in the country of 25 million, and Pyongyang has repeatedly rejected offers. of vaccine supplies from the international community.

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