North Korea reports 21 deaths due to COVID-19
北 “코로나로 사망자 27명…건국 이래 대동란”
After claiming to be COVID-19 free for years, North Korea admitted it’s experiencing an outbreak.
Shortly after announcing coronavirus cases, the regime declared 21 related deaths.
Reportedly, thousands more are showing symptoms.
Lee Shi-hoo has the latest.
North Korea reported on Friday 21 deaths due to COVID-19.
In addition, around 1-hundred-74-thousand-and-4-hundred people have shown fever symptoms.
According to North Korea’s state media on Saturday,… Kim Jong-un shared the tally at a Politburo meeting.
Reportedly, from near the end of April to May 13th, 5-hundred-24-thousand-and-4-hundred-40 people have shown fever symptoms,… and a total of 27 people have died.
Among those with fever symptoms, over 2-hundred-40 thousand have fully recovered,… while over 2-hundred-80 are in treatment.
The Politburo discussed potential measures to control the outbreak.
According to state media, they discussed measures to supply medicine promptly.
Kim Jong-un also called the spread of the virus the “greatest disturbance” since the regime’s founding.
However, he added that the regime could overcome the crisis by strengthening quarantine measures.
Kim stressed that the current outbreak is taking place within contained areas… and that people must maintain faith in the regime’s ability to defeat the outbreak.
Kim added that studying other countries’ quarantine measures and achievements is crucial,… mentioning China as an example.
It is expected that the regime will follow China’s footsteps in adopting strong quarantine measures.
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2022-05-14, 12:00 (KST)
Meanwhile, the U.S. government expressed intent to support COVAX should it supply Pfizer vaccines, donated by the U.S., to North Korea.
According to Yonhap, the U.S. Department of State spokesperson on Friday said that the U.S. will support international organizations’ efforts to provide humanitarian aid to North Korea related to COVID-19.
The U.S. has previously donated vaccines to COVAX to aid developing countries.
According to White House spokesperson Jen Psaki on Thursday, North Korea has repeatedly denied COVAX’s offer for vaccine donations,… and the Biden administration currently does not have plans to share vaccines with North Korea.
However, the spokesperson added that the U.S. continues to support international efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the vulnerable people in North Korea.
Lee Shi-hoo, Arirang News