The North Korean state media KNCA announced on Saturday that 21 more people had died of “flu” in the country.
Twenty-one more deaths have been reported from “flu” in North Korea, two days after the first case of Govt-19 was officially announced, state media KCNA reported on Saturday.
A total of 174,440 new flu cases were reported on Friday, leading to 21 deaths, the official agency said, noting how many people died from the corona virus. “The total number of patients in the country is 524,440, of which 234,630 have fully recovered (…) and the number of deaths to date is 27,” KCNA reported. According to many experts, these figures underestimate the extent of the virus’ spread, and the country does not have the capability to test its population massively.
On Thursday, the isolated country reported the first cases of the corona virus, and after the people tested positive for the sub-Omigran PA2 variant, announced a switch to a regime that includes “maximum emergency prevention of infections” – control measures. He also announced his first death.
North Korea, one of the first countries in the world to close its borders in January 2020 after the virus appeared in neighboring China, has long boasted of its ability to keep the virus in the bay. None of the confirmed cases of Govt-19 have been reported to the WHO before. The first deaths were attributed to “negligence, ignorance of scientific therapies, including overdose,” the official said.
Deteriorating health system
President Kim Jong Un appeared on television for the first time wearing a mask after chairing an emergency Politburo meeting on the epidemic situation on Thursday. He then ordered control measures to prevent the spread of the virus. “This is the most important challenge and the most important task facing our party to quickly reverse this health crisis situation,” he said.
At a meeting on Saturday, the North Korean leader promised to “deliver emergency medicine quickly” and said he would like to introduce “treatments for patients, including special constitutions,” KCNA reported.
No citizen was vaccinated
Kim Jong Un said he was “sure” that this malicious disease could be defeated in a very short time, the report added. But experts warn that the country’s health system – one of the worst in the world – is in disarray and lacks essential medicines and equipment. Kim Jong Un has announced that he will follow the Chinese model in the fight against the corona virus. We must learn from the successful experiences and achievements of the Communist Party of China and its people in preventing the virus, ”he said.
However, China, the world’s largest economy maintaining a zero Govt policy, is battling numerous eruptions of Omigran despite tight locks and massive trials across the country. Another threatening challenge for North Korea: Pyongyang has rejected vaccination offers from the WHO, China and Russia because no one in the 25 million population has been vaccinated against the corona virus.