North Korea today reported the discovery the day before of about 174,400 new cases and 21 deaths linked to a fever of unknown origin apparently linked to COVID-19, in what it called its biggest crisis to date.
This Saturday, Pyongyang contributed to updating the epidemic data recorded the day before, after announcing earlier in the day an emergency meeting of the national politburo chaired by leader Kim Jong-un, who called the health crisis a “health crisis.” the greatest test since the founding of the country.”
According to the balance published by the KCNA news agency, from the end of April to Friday, 524,440 people were identified in the country suffering from this fever (as it is a pandemic disease), of which 234,630 were expected to recover. and 288,810 people will receive treatment.
The number of deaths reported by North Korea related to these symptoms is 27, of which at least one has tested positive for covid-19, the country has revealed.
Pyongyang confirmed this Thursday its first cases of covid since the disease was discovered more than two years ago in neighboring China.
Authorities in the country discovered the pathogen after testing a group of people in Pyongyang who tested positive for the omicron BA.2 subvariant, which has spread rapidly around the world over the past six months and led the Asian country to declare a “maximum sanitary regime.” urgent need.”
Pyongyang confirmed this Thursday its first cases of covid since the disease was identified more than two years ago in China.
The situation is alarming because of how contagious the discovered variant is, and also because the country, which has little testing capacity, refused to donate almost five million doses of vaccines through the COVAX mechanism, did not give a single injection and did not does not yet have a national vaccination plan.
At a meeting on Tuesday, the politburo discussed practical measures “to swiftly suppress and contain the spread of infectious diseases throughout the country” and to quickly revise its anti-virus system, according to details released by the KCNA.
Kim, pointing out the seriousness of the situation, called for increased quarantine measures to overcome the “crisis” and assured that the majority of those who fell ill had a “mild form” of the disease.
The leader of the North Korean regime defended the strict border closures his country imposed in 2020 in response to the outbreak of the pandemic, and called on local authorities to improve their quarantine systems and educate the public about its importance.
Kim blamed the country’s current epidemic situation on the “incompetence” and “irresponsibility” of the organizations that were supposed to manage the quarantine, emphasizing the importance of learning from the policies applied in other countries and their achievements.
The timing of the regime’s release of the discovery of its first cases of covid has intrigued analysts as it comes just a week before US President Joe Biden’s trip to South Korea.
Pyongyang, adding a record number of missile launches in 2022 after approving a weapons upgrade plan last year, has turned a deaf ear to proposals to resume dialogue between Seoul and Washington, though Biden made few direct references to North Korea. during his tenure.
All eyes are now on the message that comes from the summit meeting between Biden and new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who vowed to be less tolerant of the North even though he said he was willing to talk to Pyongyang about sending vaccines.
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