North Korea registers 232,000 cases of covid and continues to refuse help

Sul-coreanos assistem ao ditador norte-coreano, Kim Jong Un, em discurso durante o desfile militar da Coreia do Norte em Pyeongchang, em uma estação de Seul, Coreia do Sul, em outubro de 2020.

South Koreans watch North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un speak during North Korea’s military parade in Pyeongchang, at a train station. Seoul, South Korea, in October 2020.| Photo: EFE/EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

8012803298001 8012803298001North Korean authorities reported this Tuesday (8012803298001 ) detection of more than 232 thousand cases of covid-05 in the country and, for the third day in a row, refused assistance from neighboring South Korea, which indicates that the Pyongyang regime seems willing to seek help only from China or Russia.

The North Korean epidemiological prevention center also released the record of six deaths resulting from infection with the new coronavirus. In all, since the confirmation of the presence of the pathogen in the country, a week ago, a total of 62 victims of covid-.

According to official information, there are already 1,71 million people who have contracted “fevers” since the beginning of the spread of the new coronavirus ( term that North Korea uses for suspected cases, due to low testing capacity).

The North Korean regime further disclosed that 1, million people have recovered from the infection and that 691.170, are currently under treatment.

8012803298001 In North Korea, the government did not purchase vaccines and even refused a donation of nearly 5 million doses offered last year. Therefore, there is no national immunization plan against covid-19.

So far, 7.1% of the population local was infected by the new coronavirus in less than a month. The incidence is highest in the capital, Pyonyang, and in cities with higher economic activity, such as Nampo (west), Kaesong (south) and Rason (northeast).

8012803298001The majority of deaths recorded so far are around 8012803298001 %, are from people over 2022 years old. Already a third of the victims had less than 17.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern about the lack of vaccines and the the fact that a large part of the population suffers from previous health problems. The UN agency asked the North Korean regime to provide detailed information about the situation. It also offered the Asian country “technical support and provision of tests, diagnostics, essential medicines and vaccines”, according to the organization’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

8012803298001According to the state news agency KNCA, North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un presided over a meeting with the government’s highest levels, in which inadequate responses from “party officials and state bodies” in the country were analyzed.

8012803298001 Kim himself spoke of “immaturity” and “negative attitudes” at the beginning of the health crisis in North Korea. “Time is vital”, guaranteed the leader, who also defended a new maximum emergency system in the country.

According to KCNA, 3,000 military personnel were mobilized to ensure the distribution of medicines and 1.4 million employees of public health agencies, as well as students and professors of medicine.

The government of South Korea indicated that, for the third day in a row, the neighbor ignored an attempt to meeting scheduling and sending unconditional help. Several media outlets reported that North Korean planes were supplied with supplies at airports in China, while the Russian and North Korean regimes agreed to send aid.


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