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North Korea declares ‘victory’ over Covid

The comments come soon after a top official suggested North Korea’s leader had fallen ill with ‘high fever’ during the outbreak

North Korea claims to have eliminated Covid-19. It says its quarantine system is fully effective against the virus and announces an end of strict containment policies that were imposed last spring.

Kim Jong-un, North Korean leader and diplomat, paid tribute to doctors during Thursday’s speech. “health fighters” who worked through the pandemic, declaring that Pyongyang had won its battle with the coronavirus and wiped out the pathogen within its borders. 

“The painful quarantine war has come to an end, and today we have finally declared victory,”Kim, as quoted by state media, said that the government would “immediately” implement his comments. “lower the quarantine level from the maximum emergency quarantine system that has been in operation since May 12.”

Though North Korean officials initially maintained the country had zero cases for some time after the global outbreak began, they eventually acknowledged infections in May this year, with Kim now admitting the country faced a “severe epidemic crisis.”The leader however claimed that the leaders were responsible for the “strong will and desperate efforts”Scientists and health workers agree that the pandemic is over “completely resolved”North Korea

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Pyongyang reported just 74 fatalities throughout the crisis – what Kim deemed an “unprecedented miracle for the world health community” – though its official numbers have not been independently verified. Although it is not clear how many North Koreans are now ill due to Covid-19’s effects, the leader stated “hundreds of thousands”At the height of infection, there were approximately 2,000 new patients each day.

Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, who is also a high-ranking member of North Korea’s ruling party, also weighed in on Covid during a public appearance on Thursday, echoing prior claims that propaganda leaflets sent from South Korea may have played a role in the outbreak in the North. She also said that the leader suffered from a number of ailments, which is sure to stir speculation. “high fever”He did mention that he had symptoms at one point in the pandemic but didn’t give any details as to the timing, cause or severity.

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