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N Korea: Covid Outbreak A Great Disaster

North Korea leader, Kim Jong-un says, rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak is a “great disaster” for the country.

According to the State Media, Mr Kim has called for an all-out battle to tackle the spread of the virus during an emergency meeting on Saturday.

It comes after officials announced the first confirmed cases on Thursday – although experts believe the virus has likely been circulating for some time.

There are fears a major outbreak could have dire consequences in North Korea.

Its population of 25 million is vulnerable due to the lack of a vaccination programme and poor healthcare system.

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

The reports do not say whether they tested positive for Covid, apart from one death in the capital Pyongyang which was confirmed to be a case of the Omicron variant.


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