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Reversing COVID-free claim, North Korea reports 'explosive' outbreak

Pyongyang sounds out potential for help from abroad, with as many as 187,800 isolated

North Korea has announced an "explosive" COVID-19 outbreak, reversing an earlier assertion that the country had no cases. (Photo by Kyodo)   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Abandoning past boasts of no COVID-19 cases, North Korea reported Friday that up to 187,800 people are "being isolated and treated," spurring speculation of a severe outbreak and a desire for international assistance.

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