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North Korea reports 21 new deaths from people with fever amid COVID-19 outbreak.

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North Korea ordered a nationwide lockdown on Thursday after confirming its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak, after holding for more than two years a claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus. According to reports early Friday, the country also reported its first confirmed COVID-19 death, after state media said hundreds of thousands have shown fever symptoms.

North Korea reported 21 new deaths on Friday from people with fevers amid its first COVID-19 outbreak, which state leader Kim Jong Un called a “great disaster,” state news agency reported on Saturday.

About 280,810 people were being treated with symptoms, KCNA news agency reported.

(Reporting by Heekyong Yang; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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