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North Korea reports 21 deaths of people with fever amid COVID: KCNA


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SEOUL — North Korea reported 21 new deaths among people suffering from fever on Friday, the state news agency reported on Saturday, as the country battles its first outbreak of COVID-19 that the head of the State Kim Jong Un described as “great unrest”.

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About 280,810 people were being treated and 27 people have died since a fever of unidentified origin began to be reported in the country since late April, the KCNA news agency said.

State media did not specify whether the new deaths were due to COVID. KCNA said on Friday that one death had been confirmed to be due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The information came at a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party on Saturday morning, attended by leader Kim, who said the outbreak was a big disaster for the country since its founding but can be overcome. said KCNA.

The health crisis was caused by the incompetence and irresponsibility of party organizations in their anti-epidemic response, and efforts should be made to overcome the epidemic as soon as possible, Kim quoted KCNA as saying.

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