In total, more than 2.4 million people are said to have contracted the disease, and nearly 70 people have died since an “unknown fever” broke out in April, according to North Korean health authorities.
However, it is unclear whether the numbers are correct and whether all the victims actually contracted the virus. According to experts, North Korea does not have the required capacity to conduct mass testing for the disease.
It is also believed that the official figures have been tampered with, possibly in order to mitigate the political setback for dictator Kim Jong Un, who was said to have claimed during a ruling party meeting on Saturday that the country was “starting to take control of the outbreak.”
When the epidemic breaks close The North Korean border and the country claimed to have kept the virus at bay, until last week when the first case of the virus was confirmed and Kim Jong Un declared a national lockdown. More than a million health workers have been mobilized to find and isolate those with fever.
The World Health Organization (WHO) previously expressed concern that the coronavirus could mutate into new variants in North Korea that lacks vaccines and has inadequate health care.
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