Why North Korea's COVID outbreak could shock the world

Last week, North Korea announced the first confirmed case of Covid-19 inside the country. Since then, we have learned of at least 1.72 million “fever cases,” with about half in quarantine and dozens of deaths so far. The Omicron BA.2 variant was found in at least one of the deaths.

With symptomatic cases accounting for roughly 7% of the population of 25 million, the outbreak is a disaster for North Korea.

We need to help North Korea immediately. Given the entire population has yet to be vaccinated, the death toll could be unprecedented