Seoul, South Korea (AP) — North Korea added hundreds of thousands of infectious diseases to the increasing number of pandemics on Wednesday, but only a week after revealing an outbreak of public health crisis 100 Everyone said they had already recovered from the suspicion of COVID-19 and seems to be trying to manage alone As global experts express deep concern about disastrous consequences..

The country’s antivirus headquarters announced 232,880 new fever and six deaths in state media on Wednesday. These figures show that since late April, a total of 62 people have died and more than 1.7 million have fever. More than one million have recovered, but at least 691,170 remain in quarantine.

External experts believe that most of the heat is due to COVID-19, but North Korea lacks tests to confirm so much. Some virus carriers may not develop fever or other symptoms, so the outbreak is almost certainly greater than the fever count.

It is also unclear that more than one million people recovered so quickly if there were limited medical care, medical equipment and facilities to treat the country’s poverty and unvaccinated population of 26 million.

Some experts say that North Korea may simply have released people from quarantine after the fever subsided.

Globally, COVID-19 has killed about 6.3 million people and the actual number of casualties is believed to be much higher. Countries with outbreaks of the same magnitude as North Korea’s official heat tally have each confirmed thousands of deaths.

World Health Organization Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Gebreez said on Tuesday that North Korea has not responded to requests for further data on its outbreak.

Before admitting COVID-19 infection for the first time Last week, North Korea made a widespread and suspicious claim to eliminate the virus. We also avoided the millions of vaccine shots offered by the UN-sponsored COVAX distribution program. This is probably due to the accompanying international monitoring requirements.

North Korea and Eritrea are the only UN member states of the Sovereign to deploy vaccines, but Tedros said neither country is willing to provide WHO vaccines, medicines, tests and technical assistance.

“WHO is deeply concerned about the risk of further spread in (North Korea),” Tedros said, and the number of people in the country’s underlying condition increasing their chances of getting a serious COVID-19 infection. Said he was worried.

Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO’s head of emergency, said unchecked infections of the virus could lead to new variants, but WHO has no power to act unless countries accept their support. ..

North Korea has so far ignored its rival South Korea’s offer to provide vaccines, medical care and medical personnel, but experts are willing to accept aid from China, North Korea’s main ally. It states that it may be. The South Korean government said it could not confirm media reports that North Korea flew multiple planes to bring back emergency supplies from China on Tuesday.

North Korean officials continued to express their conviction at the ruling party’s Politburo meeting on Tuesday that the country could overcome the crisis on its own, with members of the Politburo saying, “Continuing good opportunities at the forefront of overall epidemic prevention. Discussed how to “maintain”. The news agency said on Wednesday.

North Korea is suspected of underreporting death to mitigate the blow of Kim, who had already navigated the most difficult moments of the decade of power.The pandemic has further hurt the economy that has already collapsed due to mismanagement of Kim’s nuclear weapons and missile development and US-led sanctions...

At a meeting of the Politburo, Kim criticized officials for their early pandemic response, emphasizing “the immaturity of the state’s ability to deal with the crisis” and blaming the country’s vulnerabilities for their “non-aggressive attitude.” , Lazy, inactive “. “KCNA said.

He called on authorities to step up efforts to strengthen anti-virus measures in the workplace, improve the supply of daily necessities, and stabilize living conditions, the report said.

North Korea has also deployed about 3,000 military medical officers to assist in the delivery of medicines to pharmacies and is studying medical care to identify those who have a fever to be able to quarantine. We have assigned hygiene authorities, teachers and students. The country has relied on finding and quarantining symptomatic people in shelters due to the lack of vaccines, high-tech medical devices, and intensive care units that have reduced hospitalizations and deaths in other countries. ..

Kim was wary of the outbreak, but also emphasized the need to reach economic goals. According to state media reports, large numbers of workers continue to gather on farms, mining facilities, power plants and construction sites, driving their work to be “on schedule”.

The North Korean COVID-19 outbreak occurred during a provocative run of weapons demonstrations, including the first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. In almost five years, a brinkmanship policy aimed at getting the United States to accept North Korea’s ideas as a nuclear power and negotiating economic and security concessions from a strong standpoint.

US and South Korean officials also believe that North Korea could carry out its seventh nuclear test explosion this month.

North Korea’s nuclear threat is expected to be of paramount importance when US President Joe Biden meets with South Korean President Yoon Seok-yul during this week’s visit to Seoul. Yun’s deputy national security adviser, Kim Tae-hye, told reporters Wednesday that North Korea will probably not conduct a nuclear test this week, but preparations for another ICBM test are imminent.

Kim Jong Un, at a Politburo meeting on Tuesday, “revived the entire party like an active volcano under a state emergency”, proving its leadership before history and time, “ensuring the well-being of the country and its people.” I will protect it. ” And we will once again show the strength and spirit of heroic South Korea to the whole world, “said KCNA. The report did not directly mention testing of major weapons.

According to an analysis released by Beyond on Tuesday, recent commercial satellite images of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site show refurbishment work and preparations for an unused tunnel south of the site. Parallel is a website operated by the Center for Strategic and International Studies based in Washington.


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