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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the State Emergency Epidemic Prevention Headquarters, as North Korea reports its first outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Pyongyang, North Korea, May 12, 2022, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Image Credit: Reuters

Seoul: North Korea on Saturday reported 21 additional deaths from ‘fever’, two days after the country announced its first-ever cases of COVID-19 and ordered nationwide lockdowns.

A further 174,440 new cases of fever were discovered on Friday, the official KCNA said, with 21 dead. It didn’t say how many had died from COVID-19.