North Korea reports 21 deaths from covid-19 and talks about the "major ordeal" in its history

North Korea on Friday reported an additional 21 deaths from Covid and some 174,400 new potential cases, something that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, described as “the greatest ordeal since the founding of the country.”

North Korea today reported 21 additional deaths apparently linked to covid and some 174,400 new potential cases, two days after reporting his first positives, while leader Kim Jong-un described the current health crisis as “the greatest ordeal since the founding of the country.”

The state news agency KCNA published the update of the epidemic data recorded until the day before after an emergency meeting of the North Korean politburo, chaired by Kim.

According to the balance, since the end of April and until the day before, 524,440 people suffering from a fever of unknown origin (as it would be referring to the pandemic disease) had been detected in the country, of which 234,630 would have recovered and 288,810 would be receiving treatment.

The number of deaths recorded by the country and linked to this symptomatology amounts to 27, of which at least one tested positive for covid-19, as confirmed by the Asian country.

“The politburo discussed practical political measures to quickly suppress and control the spread of infectious diseases throughout the country,” according to details released by KCNA.

Kim, who pointed out the seriousness of the situation, called for strengthening quarantine measures to overcome “the crisis”, and assured that most of the patients are having a “mild” illness.

The leader of the North Korean regime defended the strict border closure that his country undertook in 2020, with the outbreak of the pandemic, and urged local authorities to refine their quarantine systems and make the population aware of its importance.

Kim blamed the current epidemic situation in the country on the “incompetence” and “irresponsibility” of the organizations that should manage the quarantines, and stressed the importance of studying the policies applied in other countries and their achievements.

North Korea on Thursday reported its first Covid outbreak since the pathogen was detected more than two years ago.

The situation is worrying due to how contagious the detected variant, the omicron subvariant BA.2, has proven to be, and the fact that the country has rejected the donation of almost five million doses of vaccines by the COVAX mechanism, has not put a only puncture and does not yet have a national inoculation plan.

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