(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
An outbreak of Covid-19 in North Korea is being labelled a
'great disaster' by the country's leader Kim Jong-un, Trend reports citing
It has led to the first deaths since the start of the pandemic
and there are fears a major outbreak could be hugely damaging to
the nation of 25 million people.
North Korea is already struggling with a lack of medicine, food
shortages and an economy weakened by sanctions and a total shutdown
of its borders.
Twenty-seven people are reported to have died from the
coronavirus but about half a million are thought to have developed
fevers since the end of last month.
North Korea has a very low vaccination rate after rejecting
international offers of vaccines.
Officials argued they had controlled the spread of Covid by
closing off all borders since January 2020.
South Korea has offered aid to its northern neighbour but
Pyongyang has not yet responded.
Since Thursday North Korea has imposed steps aimed at
restricting the movement of people and supplies between cities and
counties but state media's descriptions of the measures indicate
people are not being confined to their homes.
- North Korea
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