COVID: North Korea reports further deaths amid health crisis
22 May 2022 | 12:14 pm
North Korea on Sunday reported a total of 42 deaths from "fever" after admitting its first-ever COVID-19 cases days before. Lockdown policies have been implemented across the country, according to state-run media.
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