North Korea faces another contagious disease outbreak amid the Covid fight

North Korea faces another contagious disease outbreak amid the Covid fight

On Thursday, North Korea claimed an unnamed intestine epidemic, perhaps adding to the stresses on the confined country’s healthcare system, which is already dealing with an unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the North Korean official media KCNA, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despatched medications to the western port city of Haeju on Wednesday to aid people suffering from an “acute enteric epidemic” as soon as possible.

It didn’t say how many individuals were impacted or what condition it was, but enteric refers to the gastrointestinal system.

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“(Kim) emphasized the need to contain the pandemic as soon as possible by putting in place a well-coordinated plan to isolate suspected patients and verifying instances via epidemiological examination and scientific testing,” according to KCNA.

The reported epidemic comes as the North deals with its first COVID-19 illness outbreak. Last month, it declared a state of emergency due to a shortage of vaccinations and medical supplies.

On Thursday, North Korea reported 26,010 additional persons suffering from fever symptoms, bringing the total number of fever sufferers since late April to about 4.56 million. 73 people have died as a result of the pandemic.

Pyongyang has been publishing the number of fever patients daily, but not COVID patients, presumably due to a scarcity of testing kits. Experts also believe that the data given by government-controlled media are underreported.

The North has claimed that the COVID outbreak is diminishing. Still, the World Health Organization questioned Pyongyang’s assertions earlier this month, stating that the situation is worsening.