Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Aug. 11: North Korea Claims Victory Over Covid, China Hits 3-Month High in New Cases


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Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 854th day of the pandemic. North Korea declared victory over its first novel coronavirus outbreak, the Korean Central News Agency, the country’s state media outlet, said Thursday. The victory is, of course, subject to dispute given that the hermit nation had little ability to test people for Covid and even less ability to treat it. As a result, health officials there counted “fever cases” and apparently among them was the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, whose sister, a leading Workers’ Party...