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NORTH KOREA DECLARES COVID OUTBREAK AS IT REPORTED 21 NEW DEATHS

 North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un says rapid spreading of COVID is a "great disaster" for the country as 12 new "fever" deaths and more than half a million people had been ill nationwide, two days after first confirmed cases on Thursday.




The 25 million unvaccinated population is now reporting tens of thousands of new cases daily despite activating its "maximum emergency quarantine system". The country has limited testing capabilities so most Covid cases are not confirmed.




"The spread of the malignant epidemic is [the greatest] turmoil to fall on our country since the founding," the official KCNA news agency quoted Mr Kim as saying.



On Friday alone, "over 174,440 persons had fever, at least 81,430 were fully recovered and 21 died in the country," the Korean Central News Agency reported.




State media reports that 27 people have died since April after suffering a fever.



South Korea has said to have offered humanitarian assistance, but Pyongyang has yet to respond.


 

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