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N.Korea confirms over 170,000 people with fever, fears in surge of COVID-19

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After detecting its first coronavirus outbreak, North Korea confirmed 21 new deaths and an additional 174,400 people with fever symptoms on Friday.

As per the ruling Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, Leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on the “infectious disease” on Saturday at a meeting of the party’s Political Bureau.

According to the report, the number of people with fever has risen to 524,400 from late April to Friday. The population of the North is approximately 25.78 million people.

The paper reports over 280,000 people are being treated, and 27 have died.

On Friday, the country’s daily fever case count was more than nine times that of Thursday.
In the meeting, Kim described the situation as “great turmoil since the country’s founding,” expressing a strong sense of crisis.

He believes that studying virus control measures in developed countries is critical. He instructed officials to learn from China’s advanced results and to tighten security measures.

North Korea confirmed its first coronavirus cases on Thursday, saying it would activate its epidemic prevention system to the highest level of alert. Kim ordered the closure of all cities and counties.

The North’s leadership is mobilizing healthcare workers, as well as students and teachers from medical universities, to conduct virus testing on people and distribute medical supplies. However, its medical system is said to be vulnerable, raising concerns that infections will spread further.

Source: NHK World-Japan

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