North Korea claims ‘positive trend’ for coronavirus outbreak, but no response to Biden’s offer of help

The Korean Central News Agency said that between Friday and Saturday, there were 186,090 new confirmed cases, 299,180 recovered and 1 death.

If true, that number would be a significant decrease. The country has reported more than 200,000 cases of “fever cases” that infected more than 2.5 million people and killed 67 people each day over the past week. on official figures.

However, the lack of independent reports within North Korea makes it difficult to verify the figures, and skepticism about North Korea’s COVID-19 report has long been prevalent.

Before the current outbreak was announced earlier this month, North Korea claimed to be Covid-free. The country of 25 million reported its first cases earlier this month and referred to the outbreak as “explosive”, raising fears about the country’s devastated health care infrastructure’s ability to cope.

North Korea is known to have never imported a coronavirus vaccine, and it previously ignored an offer to provide around 3 million doses of Sinovac vaccine from China last year.

Three North Korean cargo planes took off to and from China on Monday, government officials said. It is unknown what the plane was carrying, but it was a rare trip after China promised to help North Korea with the coronavirus.

US President Joe Biden, who is currently visiting South Korea as part of his first Asian tour, said on Saturday that the US also offered to provide a vaccine to North Korea, but North Korea did not respond.

A senior US administration official said on Sunday that coronavirus restrictions could play a role in North Korea’s unresponsiveness to talks proposals, Reuters reported.

Some analysts have suggested that Pyongyang’s sudden disclosure of the coronavirus issue may have been influenced by the timing of Biden’s visit and meeting with the new South Korean President, Yun Seok-yeol.

“The fact that Kim Jong-un has decided to publicly announce this health crisis is quite suggestive,” Human Rights Watch senior researcher Ethic-na said in an interview with CNN. “(It) obviously could have a political element.”

North Korea’s state media claimed Monday that the number of new confirmed cases had surpassed 390,000. After showing rapid growth in the beginning, it claims that it is now on a declining trend “after it has been stably controlled and managed.”

KCNA has taken measures recognized by KCNA as having “intensive disinfection efforts” carried out by approximately 200,000 medical and quarantine workers at approximately 100,000 locations across the country, including waste and sewage treatment plants.

It also said that military medics were deployed to 670 pharmacies in Pyongyang to supply medicines 24 hours a day, and about 20 mobile temporary medical service centers were created to distribute medicines “faster and more accurately”.

Currently, North Korea’s problems are not limited to outbreaks. It has also been suggested that they are facing widespread food shortages, in part due to strict border closures to contain the virus.


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