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Covid-19 in the North: 167,650 new cases of fever and 1 more death

SEOUL, May 23 (Yonhap) — North Korea said Monday that about 167,650 new cases of fever and another death related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) have been confirmed as the country battles the epidemic.

More than 167,650 people with fever symptoms and one additional death have been reported, bringing the death toll to 68 as of 6 p.m. Sunday, the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing HQ data. of State for emergency epidemic prevention.

The daily number of fever cases remained below 200,000 for the second straight day after hitting 219,030 on Saturday. The fatality rate was 0.002%, according to the KCNA.

The total number of fever cases that have been reported since the end of April in the communist country, which has a population of around 25 million, stood at 2.81 million as of 6 p.m. Sunday, with more than 2.33 million fully cured, or 82.9 percent, and at least 479,400 currently receiving treatment, she added.

North Korea’s official daily Rodong Sinmun published several articles highlighting the role of the Workers’ Party and urging people to strictly follow anti-virus efforts. The newspaper pointed out that the North has been able to experience “safe” days for more than two years thanks to the “strict and rapid measures” against the global pandemic.

Meanwhile, North Korea continues to remain silent on offers from South Korea and the United States for Covid-19 aid, although observers have raised concerns about the country’s health care system. impoverished country.

North Korea reported its first Covid-19 cases on May 12 after claiming to be case-free for more than two years and declaring enforcement of the virus control “maximum emergency” system.

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