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North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown

Added 05-12-22 03:07:01am EST - “While the scale of the outbreak isn't known, it could have serious consequences because the country has a poor health care system and its 26 million people are believed to be mostly unvaccinated.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

North Korea's Kaepoong town is seen from the unification observatory in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, May 12, 2022. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

North Korea's Kaepoong town is seen from the unification observatory in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, May 12, 2022.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak after holding for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world.

The size of the outbreak wasn't immediately known, but it could have serious consequences because the country has a poor health care system and its 26 million people are believed to be mostly unvaccinated. Some experts say the North, by its rare admission of an outbreak, may be seeking outside aid.

The official Korean Central News Agency said tests of samples collected Sunday from an unspecified number of people with fevers in the capital, Pyongyang, confirmed they were infected with the omicron variant.

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