North Korea: ‘Drug shortage’ amid explosive spread of new coronavirus

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North Korea: ‘Drug shortage’ amid explosive spread of new coronavirus

Another eight deaths from “fever” were recorded in North Korea, four days after the official announcement of the first cases of the new coronavirus in the isolated country, the official North Korean news agency KCNA reported on Sunday.

According to the same source, the leader of the country Kim Jong Un ordered the immediate mobilization of the army to solve the problems that arose in the “medicine stocks” in the capital Pyongyang.

The epidemic, which according to Kim Jong Un is causing “great upheaval”, is affecting a country whose health system is characterized by the worst prepared in the world. North Korea has no vaccine against COVID-19, no drug to treat SARS-CoV-2, nor the means to perform mass tests.

According to the KCNA, Kim Jong Un denounced, during an emergency meeting of the Politburo yesterday, that “the orders have not yet been properly executed” and that “medicines have not been delivered to pharmacies”, who also did not carry out the order to remain open 24 hours a day.

He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer.

Last week, North Korea revealed that it was facing an outbreak of a new coronavirus pandemic that was spreading in an “explosive” way. Yesterday, it announced that another 392,920 people had “fever”. According to KCNA figures, at least 50 people have succumbed, 1,213,550 have a fever and at least 564,860 are being treated.

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