Kim Jong-un calls North Korea’s corona outbreak a ‘major disaster’, death toll rises


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un calls the corona outbreak in the country a “major disaster”. The number of deaths from “fever symptoms” has now risen from 21 to 27. A further 174,440 people have been diagnosed with fever symptoms.

A total of 524,440 people have now been diagnosed with fever. 243,630 people have recovered while 280,810 are in isolation, state media said. They did not reveal the number of deaths and fevers involving people with corona.

North Korea reported an infection with the corona virus on Thursday. A day later, the first death from the virus was reported. According to state media, virus samples collected on Sunday showed that a number of people with “fevers” are infected with the omikron variant.

Kim Jong-un speaks of the “greatest scourge our country has faced since its inception”. The hermetically sealed country has been in national confinement since Thursday.

The spread of the coronavirus among North Korea’s unvaccinated population may have accelerated during mass gatherings like this military parade.

Majority of unvaccinated residents

The majority of the country’s 26 million people are unvaccinated and North Korea lacks proper health care. Failure to contain the spread of the virus could have devastating consequences, experts say.

North Korea has maintained for two years that no one in the country has contracted the virus. This assertion is widely questioned.

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