North Korea EMERGENCY Reported – It’s Worse Than We Thought
(RepublicanPress.org) – North Korea promptly closed its borders shortly after neighboring China reported its first cases of the COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic. Then, Pyongyang closed all foreign trade in April 2022. Despite those efforts, on May 13, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported the country’s first cases of the Omicron variant.
According to KCNA, an outbreak of unknown origin struck North Korea in late April resulting in more than 350,000 cases of infection within a short time span. As of May 12, more than 187,000 individuals were in isolation. Additionally, six individuals allegedly died — one of them tested positive for Omicron’s BA.2 sub-variant. State media then reported on May 15 that an additional 15 people had died and another 296,180 individuals were suspected of having COVID.
More details on North Korea's COVID outbreak:
– Government reports more than 18,000 new suspected cases
– 350,000 fever cases "of unknown cause" since late April, most in Pyongyang
– 6 deaths, including 1 confirmed to have Omicron BA.2
– Exact number of confirmed cases unclear
— BNN Newsroom (@BNNBreaking) May 12, 2022
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un quickly responded by placing the country on a strict lockdown and isolating all infected individuals. Additionally, his Workers’ Party directed its Central Committee’s Political Bureau to take over the national response to the pandemic in light of the new wave of infections.
North Korea has a troubling history of human rights violations, starvation, famine, and cruelty to its people. Due to a reported lack of tests, proper vaccinations, and combative resources to protect and fight against COVID, the country remains at high risk. If this outbreak cannot be contained and halted in its tracks, how many people could suffer the consequences?
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