North Korea’s daily Covid-19 cases fall below 100,000

Seoul, May 28 (EFE).- The new possible daily Covid-19 infections in North Korea have fallen below 100,000 for the first time since the country confirmed the presence of the virus on May 12, state media reported Saturday.

Some 88,520 people developed possible coronavirus symptoms on Friday, some 20,500 fewer than a day ago, the state-run KCNA said.

Since April end, when local authorities suspected that the virus began to spread, some 3.36 million people developed “fever,” a term used by the regime for possible cases, due to the lack of testing abilities.

Of those 3.36 million, 3.15 million have already recovered and some 203,000 people are currently undergoing treatment, KCNA said.

The regime has praised its health response after detecting the virus for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020.

It believes that the gradual decline in new cases is proof of the success of its response.

Closures have been decreed in municipalities and workplaces.

But the images obtained by satellite or from the South Korean and Chinese borders suggest no lockdown and that citizens could have been asked to leave home only to work and in strictly necessary cases.

The figures point to an astonishingly rapid spread of Covid-19 and an unusually-low fatality rate in a country that does not have vaccines.

However, South Korean intelligence services believe that many of these suspected cases could be measles or typhoid fever.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on the regime to share data and raised concerns about the possible impact of Covid-19 on a population that suffers from other underlying health problems.

Experts believe North Korea, which has not administered a single vaccine, is unwilling to accept vaccine donations. EFE


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