Kim’s nightmare comes true: Corona hits her country!
No cases of Covid-19 have been reported for two years, but now North Korea has officially acknowledged one death in the country after contracting the virus for the first time.
Six people have died since late April – with a fever that, for still unclear reasons, has spread explosively across the country, Kim Jong-un’s propaganda media reported on Friday. People are encouraged to rinse their mouths with salt water and drink milk.
“More than 350,000 people had a fever in a short time,” he says. The omicron BA.2 subvariant was reportedly detected in one of the fatalities.
Only the day before, the isolated country had officially confirmed infections with the pathogen for the first time since the start of the corona pandemic more than two years ago.
“When Kim Jong-un personally admits a corona outbreak to the public, it becomes clear that this is a serious situation for North Korea, as the country already has a disastrous health care system and has no testing and vaccination capacity. Economically, too, the country is on the ground because of the sanctions and the self-imposed corona isolation,” Korean expert Hartmut Koschyk tells BILD.
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Pyongyang: Teacher measures student’s body temperaturePhoto: Cha Song Ho / dpa
South Korea now assumes a “massive outbreak of Covid-19” in the neighboring country. The Seoul government offered its support. President Yoon Suk-yeol wants to deliver vaccines against the disease to North Korea, his office in Seoul said.
A corresponding offer must be sent via the Unification Ministry. North Korea itself has yet to ask for help, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a government official as saying.
According to North Korean reports, more than 162,000 people had fully recovered from the sudden onset of fever. However, nearly 188,000 quarantined patients are said to still be treated. However, it was initially unknown how many were actually infected with the corona virus.
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A grocery store is being disinfectedPhoto: Jon Chol Jin/dpa