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US says it’s ready to help North Korea combat virus

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US says it's ready to help North Korea combat virus

In this undated photo distributed on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, by the North Korean government, North Korean workers produce face masks to prevent infection of a new virus in Pyongyang, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) less In this undated photo distributed on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, by the North Korean government, North Korean workers produce face masks to prevent infection of a new virus in Pyongyang, North Korea. Independent … more Photo: 朝鮮通信社, AP

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States has expressed deep concern about North Korea’s vulnerability to the outbreak of a new virus and says it’s ready to support efforts by U.S. and international aid organizations to contain the spread of the illness in the impoverished nation.

The State Department statement comes as North Korea scrambles to strengthen quarantine and preventive measures following an explosion of infections in China that killed hundreds and sickened tens of thousands.

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North Korea has yet to report a case of the new virus, but state media reports have hinted that an uncertain number of people have been quarantined after showing symptoms. Experts say an epidemic in North Korea could be dire because […]

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