North Korea confirms first deaths in mass ‘fever’ outbreak

Just one day after North Korea acknowledged the first Covid case, it was reported that there were fatalities

North Korean officials have confirmed several deaths in a mysterious fever outbreak, including one person who tested positive for Covid-19 – reportedly the country’s first verified coronavirus case since the pandemic began.

According to state-run KCNA, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans are suffering from an unidentified illness in the past weeks. Six people have been confirmed to be suffering from the Covid-19 Omicron variant, and one of them has died.

“A fever whose cause couldn’t be identified explosively spread nationwide from late April and more than 350 000 people got fever in a short span of time,”According to the outlet, 18,000 infections had been reported on Thursday. Nearly 188,000 individuals are currently being treated and in quarantine. 

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FILE PHOTO: Staff disinfect a store in Pyongyang, North Korea
North Korea declares health emergency

It provided few details on the outbreak, and did not mention Covid-19 being the reason for any fatalities. This happened less than 24 hours following the first public coronavirus infected North Korean. Officials claimed previously that the country was protected from global pandemics by strict border closings and other containment measures.

First confirmed case activated a “maximum emergency quarantine system”On Wednesday, the government pledged to increase containment efforts across all of its territories. “all institutions and all sectors of the country, including party, administrative and economic institutions at all levels.”

During a visit to the government’s emergency epidemic prevention headquarters on Thursday, national leader Kim Jong-un argued that the fever outbreak showed “an imperfection in the anti-epidemic system,”Kim stated that there were cases in Pyongyang, as well as elsewhere. Kim has previously criticised health officials. “ignorance, laxity, irresponsibility and incompetence”After the initial confirmation of Covid infection, the following day. 



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