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North Korea has not recorded a fever for the first time since the outbreak of Covid-19


North Korea announced today that it has not recorded any more cases of fever, the first time since the country broke out with the Covid-19 epidemic in May.

“No more fever patients have been recorded,” North Korea’s Central News Agency KCNA Today reported, the statistics of fever cases in this country from the evening of July 28.

KCNA said North Korea has recorded 4.8 million cases of fever since the end of April, of which 99.994% have fully recovered and only 204 patients are being treated. North Korea does not disclose the number of nCoV positive cases, only using the phrase fever case. Many experts attribute this to North Korea’s serious lack of testing capacity.

North Korea has applied strict restrictive measures against Covid-19 since the pandemic appeared. After repeatedly affirming that it is still clean of Covid-19, North Korea in May began to cope with a pandemic outbreak.

North korean military medical personnel distribute medicine at a pharmacy in the capital pyongyang on may 18. Photo: reuters.

North Korean military medical personnel distribute medicine at a pharmacy in the capital Pyongyang on May 18. Image: Reuters.

North Korea has one of the poorest health systems in the world, with poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care rooms, and no drugs to treat Covid-19.

North Korean state media previously encouraged people to treat Covid-19 at home with fever-reducing medicines, antibiotics and herbal teas.

Since late May, North Korea has said the pandemic has been effectively contained and controlled. By the middle of this month, Pyongyang announced the end of the pandemic.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus once expressed “deep concern about the risk of Covid-19 spreading further in North Korea, especially given the unvaccinated population and many people with underlying medical conditions, putting them at risk of worsening and death.” The US and South Korea expressed their willingness to assist North Korea in dealing with the pandemic, but received no response.

Ngoc Anh (Follow AFP)


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