21 more dead as North Korea battles COVID-19 outbreak

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North Korea on Saturday reported 21 additional deaths from “fever,” two days after the country announced its first-ever cases of COVID-19 and ordered nationwide lockdowns.

State media said 174,440 new fever cases were discovered on Friday alone and that 21 people had died, as the country moved into a “maximum emergency quarantine system” in a bid to slow the spread of disease through its unvaccinated population.

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