North Korea: One death and 167,650 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours

North Korea: One death and 167,650 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours

The number of North Korean citizens who were diagnosed with “fever” in the previous 24 hours rose to 167,650, ie remained below the level of 200,000 for the second consecutive day, while another patient succumbed, according to the state news agency KCNA.

Pyongyang continues to face with absolute silence the offers of South Korea and the United States to help it deal with the first officially confirmed outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic.

The wave of the pandemic, announced on May 12th, has sparked concerns over the lack of vaccines, medicines, adequate medical infrastructure and a potential food crisis that could cause the 25 million-strong state. North Korea keeps its borders closed, and there is no way to verify official figures.

As it does not have enough tests, Pyongyang does not say what the confirmed number of SARS-CoV-2 cases is, or whether the deaths were actually due to COVID-19. According to figures released by the KCNA, however, 2.81 million people fell ill, of which more than 2 million recovered, while the death toll is 68. Experts point out that these numbers may not correspond to reality.

The KCNA spoke of a “positive turn” in the development of the crisis. He noted that drug factories are “accelerating production”, but did not specify which drugs exactly.

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