North Korea said on Tuesday it was witnessing a “steady” downward trend in its first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, reporting less than 200,000 new patients with symptoms of fever for the third day in a row on Tuesday.
The Kovid wave announced on May 12 has raised concerns about the lack of vaccines, inadequate medical infrastructure and a potential food crisis in 25 million countries.
As of Monday evening, at least 134,510 people had shown signs of new fever, bringing the total number of such cases to 2.95 million by the end of April, the official KCNA news agency reported. The death toll stood at 68.
KCNA says the country is reporting “success” in the fight against the Kovid epidemic.
“Within days of the activation of the Emergency Epidemic Prevention, sickness and mortality rates across the country have dropped dramatically and the number of recoveries has increased, effectively controlling and controlling the spread of the epidemic and maintaining a stable situation,” KCNA said. .
The answer is that it is expanding production to supply essential medicines, although it does not elaborate on exactly what kind is being produced.
Apparently deprived of testing supplies, North Korea has not confirmed the total number of positive tests for the coronavirus. Instead, health authorities report numbers with fever symptoms, which makes it difficult to assess the scale of the covid wave, experts say.
North Korea says authorities are distributing food and medicine across the country, and military doctors have been deployed to help distribute the drugs and conduct tests.
South Korea and the United States have offered to help North Korea deal with the epidemic, including vaccines, but Pyongyang has not responded.
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