North Korea reports first corona deaths after ‘explosive’ outbreak

“Unknown Fever”
North Korea reports first corona death

According to the official news agency, hundreds of thousands of people are infected with an “unknown fever” in isolated North Korea. Head of state Kim Jong Un confirms the outbreak of the corona pandemic in his country. There is a state of emergency and now there is officially the first corona death in North Korea.

According to the official KCNA news agency, around 350,000 people in North Korea have already been infected with an “unknown fever”. As KCNA reported, around 187,800 people have been isolated and are currently receiving treatment after the fever spread “explosively” across the country since late April. It is currently unclear whether and how many infected people have actually been tested for Covid-19. According to the agency, at least six people died from the fever, although only one of the fatalities was officially diagnosed with a coronavirus infection.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday confirmed the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in his country and declared a state of emergency. A sub-variant of the highly contagious pathogen omicron has been discovered in the capital Pyongyang. KCNA called it a “major national emergency”.

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Kim ordered a nationwide lockdown. According to KCNA reports, he explained that there seems to be a weakness in the epidemic prevention system that has already been put in place. Another report from the state news agency said health officials were trying to organize test-and-treat systems and step up disinfection measures.

The already isolated communist country sealed off its borders in early 2020 to protect itself from the pandemic. Experts say North Korea’s healthcare system would struggle to cope with a major virus outbreak. Unlike neighboring countries, almost none of North Korea’s 25 million inhabitants have been vaccinated against the corona virus. North Korea had so far rejected offers of vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO), China and Russia. Analysts say the first coronavirus outbreak could worsen the isolated country’s already difficult food situation this year.

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