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Coronavirus digest: North Korea tells WHO it has no COVID cases

Pyongyang has told the World Health Organization that it has yet to find a single coronavirus infection. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to arrest people who refuse a vaccine.

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7 Dec
The head of the world health body said an estimated 90% of people had some resistance to COVID-19 but infections are up, and he warned of new variants. News China may loosen COVID-19 measures was welcomed by the WHO.
11 Dec
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11 Dec
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7 Dec
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8 Dec
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11 Dec
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12 Dec
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17 Dec
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13 Dec
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