The virus has already spread “in all the countries”. North Korea announced on Friday May 13 the first death from Covid-19. More than 187,000 people with fever are “isolated and neat”. Six victims of “fever” died in the country, including one who tested positive for Omicron subvariant BA.2, according to the official KCNA news agency. “A fever whose cause could not be identified spread explosively throughout the country from the end of April”KCNA said.

Leader Kim Jong Un visited the National Epidemic Prevention Headquarters and he “becoming aware of the spread of Covid-19 throughout the country”. North Korea is like this gone into fashion “maximum emergency prevention of epidemics”.

Orderly containment measures

“More than 350,000 people presented with fever in a short time and at least 162,200 of them are completely cured”detailed the KCNA agency. “On May 12 alone, some 18,000 people had a fever across the country and, at present, 187,800 people are isolated and treated.” None of the 25 million population is vaccinated against the coronavirus, as Pyongyang has rejected vaccination offers from the World Health Organization, China and Russia.

Kim Jong Un, who first appeared on television wearing a mask, chaired an emergency politburo meeting on the epidemic situation on Thursday. He ordered containment measures to try to stem the spread of the virus. Covid may have already spread across the country, analysts say, including major events in April in Pyongyang, including a military parade in which neither participants nor spectators wore masks.

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