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North Korea announces first COVID-19 outbreak, 6 dead

13/05/2022 at 10:10 AM

Pyongyang, May 13: At least six persons were confirmed dead on Friday in North Korea, a day after the country announced its first case of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Besides, over 350,000 people were infected with a fever that spread “explosively” in the country, as per state media.

On Thursday, the country announced a “major national emergency” after reporting its first case of COVID19 Omicron variant.

According to media reports, areas of Pyongyang had been locked down for two days and people are in a rush for panic buying due to uncertainty of when the lockdown might end.

In addition, North Korean authorities stated that samples that were collected from patients suffering from fever indicated that they were identical to the omicron variant.

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