More than a year after U.N. Security Council sanctions banned countries from hosting North Korea's regime-directed workforce, North Korean workers remain in Vladivostok, a port city of about 600,000 near the Russia-North Korea border.

"We believe it's growing more slowly here in New Mexico because of our high vaccination rate," Dr. David Scrase, the state's secretary of human services, said Wednesday.

The World Health Organization warned this week that the trifecta of easier-to-spread strains, insufficiently immunized populations and a drop in mask use and other public health measures before the virus is better contained will “delay the end of the pandemic.”

Department of Health officials reported just 55 new COVID-19 cases, but they reported the deaths of a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s.

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