North Korea Reports 6 Deaths After Admitting COVID-19 Outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday six people died and nearly 190,000 are under quarantine following a rapid spread of fever across the nation in recent weeks, a day after it first acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak in a largely unvaccinated population.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the cases were COVID-19.

The North said one of the six people who died was confirmed to have been infected with the omicron variant.

Experts say a failure to slow infections could have serious consequences because the country has a poor health care system and its 26 million people are believed to be mostly unvaccinated.