Cities and counties locked down: North Korea takes corona measures

Updated on 05/17/2022 at 12:54 p.m.

  • Five days ago, North Korea officially confirmed the first corona outbreak.
  • At the same time, the number of patients with fever is increasing significantly.
  • Now Pyongyang wants to step up the measures: all cities and counties would have been sealed off.

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According to North Korea, it is strengthening its measures against the epidemic spread of fever cases and for their treatment. Five days after the first confirmation of a coronavirus outbreak in the country, state media reported on Tuesday that the military had dispatched soldiers to all pharmacies in Pyongyang and started “distributing drugs under a system 24 hour service”. The deployment of troops was therefore limited to the capital with its nearly three million inhabitants.

270,000 additional new cases of fever reported

Nearly 270,000 additional cases of fever were recorded on Monday, according to reports. The number of fever-related deaths has increased by six to 56. It is still unclear how many deaths and almost 1.5 million fever patients reported so far are actually due to illness caused by the corona virus. Experts assume the closed country lacks the capacity to carry out mass testing.

Measures initiated: Cities and departments cordoned off

North Korea officially confirmed infections with the pathogen last Thursday for the first time since the outbreak of the corona pandemic. Since then, he has been talking about the spread of a nationwide epidemic. All cities and counties were reportedly sealed off by order of leader Kim Jong Un.

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern on Monday about the “COVID-19 epidemic” in North Korea. “Because the country has not yet initiated vaccination against COVID-19, there is a risk that the virus will spread rapidly among the masses,” said WHO regional chief for South Asia. -East, Khetrapal Singh. The WHO stressed that it had not yet received any information on the outbreak from the person responsible for the International Health Regulations (IHR) in the country.

North Korea has long claimed not to have a single corona case. The information was questioned abroad. (sbi/dpa)

North Korea

There has been a suspected massive outbreak of the corona virus in North Korea. The official KCNA news agency reported 21 more “fever” related deaths on Saturday.

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