Media: Over 100,000 North Koreans with symptoms of Covid-19

More than 100,000 North Koreans are in state-owned facilities with symptoms of Covid-19, the media reports. According to official data, no one has fallen ill in the country yet, although there have been reports of a difficult pandemic situation in North Korea for many months.

According to the Daily NK, citing a high-ranking North Korean official in November approx. 104 thousand people with symptoms of Covid-19 were isolated in state-owned facilities across the country.

Reports on patients are compiled by a special central anti-epidemic office, which receives statistics on new patients and deaths from hospitals and medical facilities. The data is then collected and presented on a weekly basis to the party authorities, who take possible action.

The Daily NK underlines that the data, however, concerns only civilians, military personnel or high-ranking officials end up in other facilities. That would mean that There could be many more cases of Covid-19 in the country.

The portal also reminds that last year in November there were about 81 thousand. Koreans isolated over Covid-19 symptoms.

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Of course, the country officially argues that there are no cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection. According to WHO, North Korea has tested less than 45,000 on Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. people. All results were “negative”. At the same time, in early November, the country reported that 109 people tested had recently suffered from “flu-like” diseases. There are about 25 million people in the country.

Nevertheless, recently North Korean state media recently introduced a new anti-epidemic law. It specifies, among other things, what procedures are to be taken by doctors when a patient has a positive test for Covid-19 and what the quarantine should look like, according to NK News. Under the new law, the epidemic office, after the detection of Covid-19 in a patient, has, among others, test the people who were contacted by the patient.

People with a fever of over 37.5 degrees, cough or breathing difficulties end up in home isolation in North Korea. If their condition does not improve within a week, then they are in the statistics recorded as “potential cases” of Covid-19. They are then sent to quarantine in hospitals and other state-managed facilities.

The media indicates that last year, many Koreans could have avoided quarantine if paid a bribe to the services. Since January, however, measures against Covid-19 have been tightened and people with symptoms must be isolated.

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Fear of the coronavirus is quite strong among North Korean authorities. The party seems to be drawing on the Chinese experience in this matter. In June, a “possible” case of coronavirus was reported in the border town of Kaesong. It was about a former refugee who had returned from South Korea. His Covid-19 test result, however, was “uncertain”. Despite this it was decided to lockdown the cityto prevent the spread of a potential infection.

Healthcare in North Korea, however, is in poor shape. There is a shortage of medications, doctors and nurses are insufficiently educated, and some institutions have problems with heating. According to Daily NK, sick people in hospitals receive food twice a day, usually rice and corn or cabbage soup.

It is unclear whether any Covid-19 vaccines have reached North Korea. The American media reported in September that Pyongyang rejected 3 million doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine offered to him by the COVAX mechanism. Earlier, the North Korean authorities refused to accept AstraZeneca vaccines.

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