North Korea is still free from Kovid-19! Report submitted to WHO, North Korea tells WHO it has not detected single covid-19 infection case
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un  |  Photo Credits: AP, File Image
Seoul : North Korea told the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has tested more than 30,000 people for coronavirus as of June 10, but the country has not reported a single case of infection so far.
The WHO said in a surveillance report on Tuesday that 733 people were tested from June 4 to June 10, including 149 people with influenza-like illnesses or severe respiratory infections, according to North Korea’s data on investigations.
Doubts over North Korea’s claim
Experts are skeptical of North Korea’s claim that it does not have a single case of infection, despite its poor health infrastructure and borders with China, considered its biggest ally and its economic lifeline.
Describing its anti-virus efforts as “a matter of national survival”, North Korea has banned tourists, sent diplomats out and completely banned cross-border traffic and trade. The self-imposed lockdown has put further pressure on the country’s economy.
North Korea’s economy is already in crisis due to decades of mismanagement and US-led sanctions imposed on it because of the country’s nuclear weapons program. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asked officials during a political conference last week to be prepared to keep COVID-19 restrictions in place for a long time, indicating the country was not yet ready to open its borders. .
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