Authorities in North Korea have recorded two deaths and another 263,370 cases of fever in the isolated Southeast Asian country, a few days after the confirmation of the first outbreak of the new coronavirus in its territory, with the death toll reaching this level. the stage killed 65 people out of a total of 2.24 million infections, according to the state-run KCNA news agency.
It is not clear whether or how many of the patients were 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.
Nevertheless, the authorities believe that they are achieving “good results” in trying to control the crisis, as production continues “smoothly” in industry and agriculture, while preparations are being made for the official funeral of a former general.
World Health Organization officials are worried that deadly new strains of the virus could emerge if the spread continues unchecked in the state of 25 million people.
Pyongyang has not vaccinated its population for COVID-19, has no drugs designed to treat the infection, and appears to be based on broad-spectrum antibiotics. North Korea’s health system ranked 193rd out of a total of 195 countries in a study by Johns Hopkins University last year.
South Korea and the United States have offered to help North Korean authorities deal with the health crisis, but have not received a response, a Seoul National Security Council official said Wednesday.