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DPRK confirms first-ever COVID-19 case: state media

12 May 2022, 12:30 GMT+10

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PYONGYANG, May 12 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday confirmed its first-ever COVID-19 case in over two years, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

The state media said samples were collected from a group of patients in the capital on Sunday and a subvariant of the highly transmissible Omicron version of the coronavirus, known as BA.2, was detected.

The KCNA called it "the most severe national emergency incident."

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