North Korea confirms 1st COVID-19 deaths days after admitting 1st outbreak

CBC News published this video item, entitled “North Korea confirms 1st COVID-19 deaths days after admitting 1st outbreak” – below is their description.

Six people have died and 350,000 have been treated for a fever that has spread “explosively” across North Korea, state media says. One of the six people who died was confirmed infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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