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(LEAD) N. Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases under 10,000 for 2nd day: state media

North Korea 09:22 June 26, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES with details in last two paras; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases have remained below 10,000 for the second consecutive day, its state media said Sunday.

More than 8,920 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

It did not provide information on whether additional deaths have been reported.

The total number of fever cases since late April came to over 4.71 million as of 6 p.m. Saturday, of which more than 4.7 million have recovered and at least 15,630 are being treated, it added.

On May 12, North Korea disclosed its first COVID-19 case after claiming to be coronavirus-free for over two years. The country's daily fever tally has been on a downward trend after peaking at over 392,920 on May 15.

An employee of Ryugyong Golden Department Store in Pyongyang carries out disinfectant work, in this file photo released by the North's Korean Central News Agency on June 15, 2022. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

The North is stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of the disease during the rainy season and to establish "efficient treating tactics and methods" to cope with any sudden crisis, the KCNA said.

"The emergency anti-epidemic work…. is now focused on preventing the spread of the pandemic diseases that may break out due to seasonal factors," it said in an English-language report.
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