North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced, on Wednesday, August 10, a ‘A wonderful victory’ On Covid-19, almost two weeks later with no officially registered cases.
Kim Jong-un, chairing a meeting with health workers and scientists, welcomed this “Victory (…) in the war against a virulent epidemic disease”According to the official Korean Central News Agency. “The victory achieved by our people is a historic event that once again demonstrated to the world the greatness of our state, the indomitable perseverance of our people, and the beautiful national customs of which we are proud.”The North Korean leader added, quoting the agency.
Meanwhile, Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of Kim Jong Un, has accused Seoul of causing the Covid-19 outbreak in her country. She attacked the sending of propaganda leaflets by a balloon from South Korea, evoking a “crime against humanity”The official Korean Central News Agency reported.
Despite the ban imposed in 2021, South Korean activists continue to send balloons containing flyers and dollar bills, sparking protests from Pyongyang. North Korea had previously accused “foreign things” Near the border with the south caused the spread of the Covid epidemic in this isolated country, allegations rejected by Seoul.
Kim Jong-un has Covid-19
MI Kim said that many countries and the World Health Organization have recognized this “The risk of spreading an infectious disease through contact with contaminated objects”In accordance with Article. “It is very worrying that South Korea is sending leaflets, money, brochures and dirty things to our region.”she added.
Kim Yo Jong warned that Pyongyang is considering it ‘Strong revenge’Adding that if the balloons continue, “We will respond by eliminating not only the virus, but also the South Korean authorities.”.
Seoul confirmed in June that there was no “There are no officially confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection by mail or through materials”. The Ministry of Unification of South Korea refused ‘Unsubstantiated allegations’ and the ‘Rough and dangerous comments’ from Pyongyang.
According to his sister, Kim Jong Un has contracted Covid-19. Leader “He suffered from a high fever during the days of this quarantine war, but he could not lie down for a moment because he was thinking about the people he was responsible for.”She said. It is the first time that Pyongyang has announced that Kim Jong Un, whose health is receiving the most attention from observers, has contracted the Corona virus.
North Korea, one of the first countries in the world to close its borders in January 2020 after the virus emerged in neighboring China, has boasted of its ability to prevent the virus.
Pyongyang announced its first case of coronavirus on May 12 and holds Kim Jong Un personally responsible for fighting the epidemic, and since July 29, Pyongyang has not reported any new cases. North Korea has recorded nearly 4.8 million infections since late April, with only 74 deaths, and an official case fatality rate of 0.002%, according to the Korean Central News Agency. Experts, including the World Health Organization, are skeptical about Pyongyang’s health and control statistics on the outbreak.
Experts say the country’s hospitals are poorly equipped, with few intensive care units and no treatment or vaccine for the coronavirus. Neighboring South Korea, which has a functioning health system and a high vaccination rate among its population, has a fatality rate of 0.12% by comparison, according to official figures.