North Korea Records More Than Two Million Fever Cases
After the confirmation of a corona outbreak in North Korea, the number of ‘fever cases’ has risen to more than two million, according to officials. On Thursday, 263,000 cases were added, state media reported Friday. They referred to the Epidemic Prevention Headquarters report.
It cannot be officially confirmed whether those affected are infected with the coronavirus because the country does not have sufficient testing capacity.
According to the report, the total number of fever cases has risen to more than 2.24 million. About 1.49 million people have already recovered. A further 65 deaths were reported. In total, nearly 26 million people live in North Korea.
The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that no nationwide vaccination campaign has taken place in the country. North Korea has so far not responded to offers from South Korea and the United States to receive vaccines and other medical supplies. So says the government of Seoul. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had initially described the situation as manageable.
Despite the high number of fever cases, production in agriculture and factories is expected to continue, state media say. “Even in the highest emergency to prevent an epidemic, normal production in key industrial sectors and major construction projects continue without interruption,” the statement said.
North Korea had confirmed an official corona case for the first time last Thursday. The leadership in Pyongyang has imposed a national lockdown.