North Korea: No cases of COVID for the first time since its appearance

North Korea: No COVID cases for the first time since it emerged


North Korea has reported no cases of the coronavirus for the first time since the country's first case of infection emerged in May, the KCNA news agency reported on Saturday. 'State.

“There were no new 'fever' patients reported” in a 24-hour period since Thursday evening, the agency said. A first since the country began counting coronavirus cases in May.

The term “feverish patient” is used by the North Korean authorities to designate people infected with the coronavirus due, according to some, to a lack of screening tests.

North Korea has registered nearly 4.8 million cases of contamination since the end of April, KCNA said, adding that “99.994%” were completely cured and only 204 patients were under treatment.

Pyongyang announced its first case of the coronavirus on May 12, and leader Kim Jong Un took personal action to fight the outbreak.

In late May, the country said it was starting to see “progress” in controlling the outbreak, but experts have cast doubt on that claim, citing the country's failing health infrastructure and unvaccinated population.

North Korea, l he one of the first countries in the world to close its borders in January 2020 after the virus emerged in neighboring China, has long boasted of its ability to keep the virus at bay.

The security system North Korea's health sector was ranked 193rd out of 195 countries by a study by American Johns Hopkins University last year.

Hospitals in the country are notoriously under-equipped, with few healthcare units intensive.

According to experts, the country has no treatment for COVID-19 and lacks the capacity to massively test its population. we. Another major challenge: the approximately 25 million North Koreans are not vaccinated, Pyongyang having rejected the offer of vaccines made by the WHO.