N. Korea holds mask-free veterans event

STORY: Video aired by the North's state-run television KRT showed thousands of elderly uniformed veterans and officials without facemasks gathering at event on Tuesday (July 26) to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the July 27 Korean War armistice, which left the two Koreas technically still at war.

The reclusive country said earlier this month it was on a path to "finally defuse" its first publicly declared COVID-19 crisis, even as Asian neighbours battle a resurgence in infections driven by Omicron subvariants.

The official KCNA news agency on Wednesday reported 18 new fever cases, the third straight day the tally has held below 100 after topping 390,000 in May. The country has never confirmed how many people have tested positive for COVID-19, apparently lacking testing supplies. The World Health Organization said last month the situation could be getting worse.

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