North Korea’s health authorities reported 21 new deaths from COVID-19 and about 174,000 new infections, signaling a worsening scenario for the country’s first coronavirus outbreak nearly two and a half years after the pandemic began. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in an emergency meeting called this morning that the country is facing “major turmoil” as more than half a million citizens have suffered from “fever symptoms” since the end of April. Similarly, NK News reports, Kim indicated that “the fever” is spreading across the country, even though it has not spread “uncontrollably between regions”, calling for the strict enforcement of regional closures. and quarantines.According to data released by the KCNA, between the end of April and May 13, a total of 524,440 people showed symptoms of fever: 243,630 have recovered and about 280,810 are still being treated.
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