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India records 2,841 Covid-19 cases, 9 more deaths

N Korea reports six deaths after admitting Covid outbreak

May 14, 2022 00:00:00

NEW DELHI, May 13 (Xinhua): India's Covid-19 tally rose to 43,116,254 on Friday, as 2,841 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

Over 36 per cent of the cases were reported from Delhi, where there are 4,928 active cases with the positivity rate standing at 3.64 per cent.

Besides, nice deaths from the pandemic registered across the country since Thursday morning took the total death toll to 524,190.

There are still 18,604 active Covid-19 cases in the country with a fall of 463 active cases during the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 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 acknowledging a Covid-19 outbreak for the first time in the pandemic.

North Korea likely doesn't have sufficient Covid-19 tests and other medical equipment and said it didn't know the cause of the mass fevers. But a big Covid-19 outbreak could be devastating in a country with a broken health care system and an unvaccinated, malnourished population.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said of the 350,000 people who developed fevers since late April, 162,200 have recovered. It said 18,000 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Thursday alone, and 187,800 people are being isolated for treatment.

One of the six people who died was confirmed infected with the omicron variant, KCNA said, but it wasn't immediately clear how many of the total illnesses were Covid-19. North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday after acknowledging its first Covid-19 cases.

Those reports said tests from an unspecified number of people came back positive for the omicron variant.

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