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Coronavirus

North Korea boosts output of drugs, medical supplies amid COVID

Over 260,000 report fever, one dies while disinfection work intensifies

Members of the North Korean army supply medicines to residents at a pharmacy in Pyongyang.   © Kyodo

SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea is ramping up production of drugs and medical supplies including sterilizers and thermometers as it battles an unprecedented coronavirus outbreak, state media KCNA said on Thursday.

The isolated country, which has imposed a nationwide lockdown, is also increasing production of traditional Korean medicines used to reduce fever and pain, KCNA said, calling them "effective in prevention and cure of the malicious disease."

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