North Korea says all COVID-19 patients 'cured'

North Korea says all COVID-19 patients are « healed

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North Korea reported no people 'with fever' on Friday, for the seventh day in a row, and said all people who suffered from COVID in the country are now dead. healed.

“No new cases of fever were reported in the past week, and all those who received treatment recovered,” the official KCNA news agency reported on Friday.

The term “fever 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, 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 guard against the virus.

Pyongyang announced its first case of the coronavirus on May 12, and leader Kim Jong Un has taken the fight against the epidemic into his own hands.

According to KCNA, the epidemic situation has now “entered a phase stability.” 

North Korea has recorded nearly 4.8 million infections since the end of April, with just 74 deaths, an official case fatality rate of 0.002%, according to the news agency.

The country's hospitals are notoriously under-equipped, with few intensive care units, and no treatment or vaccine for the coronavirus is available, experts say. 

Neighboring South Korea , which has an efficient health system and a high vaccination rate among its population, has a mortality rate of 0.12%, according to official figures. 

“It is hard to believe a country if it claims that the confirmed number of patients has suddenly gone to zero,” Ahn Chan-il, a specialist in North Korean studies, told AFP. 

< p>“Like his military weapons and nuclear programs, it seems fair to say that COVID is also being used to highlight Kim Jong Un's leadership and reinforce [feeling] of loyalty [to him] regardless of the truth.” 

In late May, Pyongyang said it was beginning to see “progress” in controlling the outbreak, but experts, including the World Health Organization, have repeatedly repeatedly questioned this assertion.  

For Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, Pyongyang's assertion that the epidemic is under control seems “fairly reliable”. 

The situation seems to be returning to normal because “there are no signs of tightening border controls, no no official request for aid or medical equipment has been made to Beijing and diplomats based in Pyongyang remain in place,” he added.