'Great disaster' for North Korea as leader announces 21 'fever-related' deaths

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said “a great disaster” had fallen on his country after it was reported there had been 21 new deaths of “unidentified origins” from people with fevers.

The state news agency KCNA said about 280,810 people were being treated and 27 had died since a fever started to be reported in the country since late April.

It did not mention COVID-19.

On Thursday, North Korea did announce one death from coronavirus – and the country’s leader ordered a strict national lockdown.

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KCNA quoted Mr Kim as saying the health crisis had been caused by the “incompetence and irresponsibility of party organisations in their anti-epidemic response.”

Efforts must be made to overcome the outbreak in the shortest possible period, KCNA quoted Mr Kim, adding “it is a great…

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