KCTV, North Korea’s state television, reported today that another 219,030 people had “fever” – more than 200,000, for the fifth day in a row – while a patient succumbed as the isolated country struggled to control the first wave of the new pandemic. coronavirus that has been officially affecting her since last week, reports the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
As Pyongyang has not vaccinated its population for COVID-19, has no drugs designed to treat the infection, its health system is considered inadequate, and it has not even responded to offers of foreign aid and has closed its borders. Concerns are being raised about a potential food crisis and the risk of deadly new strains of the virus if the spread continues unchecked in the state of 25 million people.
In all, the toll from the pandemic wave has officially reached 66 dead out of a total of 2,460,640 people with “fever”. It is unclear whether or how many of the patients have been confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, or whether the deaths were actually due to complications of COVID-19, as the country does not have the means to conduct mass screening. Analysts do not rule out the possibility that the numbers announced are much lower than the real ones.