While the corona pandemic kept the world in suspense, North Korea reported no infections. The tide has now turned: the country with one of the worst health systems in the world is at risk of a crisis.
In North Korea, there are apparently growing concerns about the growing number of corona cases. The country reported 15 more deaths from “fever” on Sunday. According to state news agency KCNA, the death toll has risen to a total of 42 – with 820,620 cases of illness and at least 324,550 with medical treatment.
North Korea only recently officially reported its first corona cases. Chief Kim Jong-un said the outbreak had caused “great unrest” in the country. According to KCNA, a “complete lockdown” has been ordered for all provinces and cities. Despite drastic measures, North Korea is reporting high numbers of new cases in the unvaccinated population every day.
North Korea announced on Thursday that the highly contagious omicron variant had been discovered in the capital Pyongyang. Communist North Korea, already largely isolated, closed its borders in early 2020 to protect itself from the pandemic. According to experts, the country has one of the worst healthcare systems in the world.