North Korean leader declares “landslide victory” over Covid

The country has recorded no new cases since July 29 and only 74 deaths since late April. An “unprecedented miracle,” according to Kim Jong Un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced on Wednesday,resounding victoryon Covid-19, after he was ill, according to his sister, who accuses Seoul of being the source of the epidemic in his country. Kim Jong-un, who chaired a meeting with health workers and scientists, welcomed this.Victory (…) in the war against virulent epidemic diseasesAccording to the official Korean Central News Agency.

The victory achieved by our people is a historical event that once again demonstrated to the world the greatness of our state, the indomitable determination of our people and the beautiful national customs of which we are proud.The North Korean leader added, quoted by the agency. North Korea, one of the first countries in the world to close its borders in January 2020 after the virus emerged in neighboring China, announced its first case of coronavirus on May 12, and Kim Jong Un personally took charge of the fight against the coronavirus. Epidemic.

Since July 29, Pyongyang has not reported any new cases. North Korea recorded nearly 4.8 million”fever conditionThe expression was also used to determine the number of infections, since the end of April, with only 74 deaths, and the official death rate of 0.002%, according to the Korean Central News Agency. epidemic managementIt is an unprecedented miracle in the world’s history of public healthKim said to thunderous applause, according to the news agency.

The influential leader’s sister revealed that he himself is ill, according to another report of the Central News Agency. Leader “He suffered from a high fever during the days of this quarantine war, but he could not lie down for a moment as he was thinking about the people he was responsible for.Kim Yoo Jung said.

Balloons and dollars

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. Kim Yo Jong also accused South Korea of ​​being the cause of the epidemic in his country, by sending propaganda flyers with balloons. Pyongyang has previously accusedWeird thingsNear the border with the south caused the spread of the Covid epidemic in this isolated country, Seoul rejected the allegations.

Despite the ban imposed in 2021, South Korean activists continue to send balloons containing flyers and dollar bills, sparking protests from Pyongyang. condemn “crime against humanityKim Jong Un’s sister and her advisor threatened to “Severe reprisalsThe Ministry of Unification of South Korea refused.baseless allegations“and the”Rude and threatening commentsfrom Pyongyang.

Analysts believe that declaring victory over COVID indicates North Korea’s willingness to shift to other priorities.”Like reviving the economy or conducting a nuclear testAccording to Leif Eric Easley, a professor at the University of Iowa in Seoul. “Kim Yo Jong’s aggressive rhetoric is troubling as he will not only attempt to blame South Korea for the resurgence of Covid, but also seek to justify North Korea’s upcoming military provocation.“, he added.

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.

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