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Deaths increased due to ‘fever’, military medics were deployed in Pyongyang amid the Covid-19 epidemic

KCNA reported that the military medic “is urgently deploying forces to all drugstores in the capital, Pyongyang, and begins to distribute medicines to the people.”

Pyongyang was the epicenter of the outbreak in the country’s first confirmed Covid-19 outbreak. As of the afternoon of May 16, the number of deaths has increased to 56, out of more than 1,486,060 cases of fever and at least 663,910 people are being treated.

There is still no official information as to how many people tested positive for Covid-19.

The North Korean government had previously imposed a nationwide blockade. On the evening of May 16, Chairman Kim Jong-un reprimanded health officials for not promptly responding to the Pandemic strongly, especially not opening pharmacies 24/7 to promptly distribute medicine to people.

The KCNA news agency reported on May 17 that “urgent measures have been taken to immediately correct the error in providing medicines to the people”, including opening 24-hour pharmacies in the capital city.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol said he was ready to help.

“If North Korea asks for it, we will provide them with a Covid-19 vaccine, medical equipment and medical staff.”

South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which is responsible for inter-Korean relations, said it had proposed talks at all levels to provide medical supplies, including vaccines and testing kits, as well as technical cooperation.

But it seems that the North does not receive this information.


North Korea is facing difficulties in its first outbreak of Covid-19 Pandemic

Amid medical shortages, North Korean state media have encouraged people to use painkillers and antibiotics to treat symptoms.

In addition, home treatments including gargling with salt water and drinking herbal tea are also recommended.

The people of Pyongyang also have their own ideas about how to deal with the virus.

“I have faith that this disease can be cured if we have the right treatments. I also think we can definitely fix it by keeping the house well ventilated, keeping it clean, and having a proper exercise regimen.”

“For children, even when they have a fever, they often run and jump. So if I turn on children’s music, the children will run and play for about 30 minutes.”

According to the World Health Organization, North Korea is one of only two countries left in the world that have just started a Covid vaccination campaign.