June 14, 2024


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How North Korea's Covid-19 outbreak could ignite a major health crisis

The isolated North confirmed on Thursday its first Covid-19 infections since the pandemic emerged more than two years ago, shifting to the “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system” and imposing a national lockdown. On Friday it reported its first Covid-related death. State media have not confirmed the total number of Covid-19 cases so far, but said that more than 350,000 people have shown fever symptoms since late April.