The North Korea The country’s authorities confirmed the first death from the Covid-19 virus since the start of the epidemic on Friday (13 local, Thursday in Brazil).
At least six other deaths of patients with fever have been investigated, but there is no official confirmation that they had the disease.
According to official statistics, more than 187 thousand people are in isolation on suspicion of being infected with the Corona virus.
come ad A day after the outbreak of Covid-19 was first announced in the country since the beginning of the epidemic.
Disease outbreak after two years of denial
The North Korea On Thursday (12) it acknowledged the first outbreak of Covid-19 in the country since the start of the pandemic and declared a “serious national emergency”.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered restrictions on the country, which, since 2020, has further closed its borders to the outside, deteriorating its economy and trade.
The government agency said factories, businesses and homes should remain closed and reorganized “to prevent the insidious virus from spreading flawlessly”.
throughout the epidemic, North Korea She expressed pride in her stated ability to keep the virus away from her borders.
The country may not have vaccinated the population
Analysts believe that North Korea It has not vaccinated any of its 25 million residents after rejecting offers of doses from the World Health Organization, China and Russia.
They also consider that the poor health system in the isolated country will face many difficulties in dealing with a major outbreak of Covid-19.
The North Korea It is close to countries that have experienced or are still experiencing omicron variant outbreaks, such as South Korea and China, where many cities have been closed for several weeks.
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