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North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress

May. 21, 2022 03:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms, even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across his unvaccinated populace and hinted at easing virus restrictions to nurse a...

N. Korea's low death count questioned amid COVID-19 outbreak

May. 19, 2022 23:47 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that nearly 10% of its 26 million people have fallen ill and 65 people have died amid its first COVID-19 outbreak, as outside experts question the validity of its reported fatalities and worry about a possible humanitarian crisis. ...

Tea and infomercials: N. Korea fights COVID with few tools

May. 19, 2022 06:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — On a recent nighttime visit to a drugstore, a double-masked Kim Jong Un lamented the slow delivery of medicine. Separately, the North Korean leader's lieutenants have quarantined hundreds of thousands of suspected COVID-19 patients and urged people with mild symptoms to...

US: N. Korea may conduct missile test as Biden visits Asia

May. 18, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence shows that it's a “genuine possibility” that North Korea will conduct another ballistic missile test or nuclear test around President Joe Biden's visit to South Korea and Japan that begins later this week, according to the White House. White...

North Korea reports another fever surge amid COVID-19 crisis

May. 17, 2022 06:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 and encouraged good health habits, as a mass outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population and military officers were deployed to distribute medicine. State...

Kim blasts pandemic response as North Korean outbreak surges

May. 16, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections, as his nation struggled to contain a fever that has reportedly killed dozens and sickened nearly a...

North Korea confirms 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19

May. 14, 2022 06:19 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday reported 21 new deaths and 174,440 more people with fever symptoms as the country scrambles to slow the spread of COVID-19 across its unvaccinated population. The new deaths and cases, which were from Friday, increased total numbers...

EXPLAINER: What's behind North Korea's COVID-19 admission?

May. 13, 2022 07:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Before acknowledging its first domestic COVID-19 cases, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist system was protecting its 26 million people from “a malicious virus” that had killed...

N. Korea reports 6 deaths after admitting COVID-19 outbreak

May. 13, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Six people have died and 350,000 have been treated for a fever that has spread “explosively” across North Korea, state media said Friday, a day after the country acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak for the first time in the pandemic. North Korea likely...

North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown

May. 12, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — 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. ...