Kim declares ‘victory’ in North Korea’s fight against Covid

Seoul, Aug 11 (EFE).- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared “victory” in his country’s emergency campaign against Covid-19, according to state media on Thursday, three months after the nation reported its first outbreak.

Kim made this announcement during a meeting with health officials and investigators on Wednesday and ordered the relaxation of maximum anti-pandemic measures imposed almost three months ago, according to the state news agency KCNA.

The North Korean leader also praised their contributions to “successfully defusing the serious epidemic spread crisis in the country” and defended the country’s “social system, which is the best in the world.”

Meanwhile, the leader’s sister Kim Yo-jong blamed “leaflets and dirty objects” from South Korea for causing the outbreak in the North and proposed tough measures against the neighboring country.

Pyongyang reported its first case of Covid-19 on May 12, but has not reported any more since July 29.

North Korea, which had supposedly not administered a single vaccine dose as of May, has rejected offers of health aid, including vaccines, from Seoul and the United States but, according to the global Vaccine Alliance, would have accepted vaccines from China and already begun to administer them. EFE


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