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North Korea reports first COVID deaths, explosive outbreak spread

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News reports, citing North Korea's state media, said the country has reported six COVID-19 deaths, including at least one linked to the Omicron variant, amid explosive spread that has led to about 350,000 people being treated for fevers.Yesterday, 18,000 more people with fever symptoms were reported, with 187,800 under isolation, according to the Associated Press (AP).It's not clear how many cases are COVID-19, due to lack of information on North Korea's testing capacity.

Global health officials are concerned about the country's widening health crisis, due to a lack of vaccines and treatments, alongside a weak medical infrastructure.North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un was seen wearing a mask for the first time yesterday.

He criticized officials for failing to prevent the disease and said the outbreak is centered around Pyongyang. The country held a large military parade in the city on Apr 25.It's unclear if North Korea has experienced earlier COVID-19 activity.

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