Covid disaster for Kim!
A few days after the confirmation of the first corona infections in North Korea, the number of fever-related deaths in the country of dictator Kim Jong-un (38) rose to 50, according to official information.
As of Sunday evening (local time), the number of patients with symptoms of fever had risen to more than 1.2 million, state media reported Monday, citing the so-called Emergency Center for Epidemic Prevention. More than half of them would be cured.
Moreover, the country, totally isolated internationally and governed by an authoritarian regime, avoided calling the viral disease by its name. Instead, people kept talking about the “spread of the epidemic”.
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People watch an informational program about the Corona wave in the north at a train station in Seoul, South KoreaPhoto: Ahn Young-Joon/dpa
“Until now, hardly anyone could have imagined that even after 27 months of the corona pandemic, there would still not have been a single infection in North Korea. But I could imagine it myself, because the regime had a strong awareness of the problem very early on,” North Korean expert Christian Taaks of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Seoul told BILD.
Because: “In view of the only rudimentary health system, the malnutrition of a large part of the population and therefore also the greatly reduced immune and defense systems, the complete isolation of the country was the only solution to perhaps be able to avoid disaster. No one has been able to enter the country since the start of the pandemic, including North Korean nationals. Goods were also rarely imported. But now the catastrophe is still there,” says Taaks.
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Kim Jong-un at an emergency Politburo meetingPhoto: KCNA/via REUTERS