North Korea confirmed his first bud from Covid-19the South Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday, raising fears of a humanitarian disaster in one of the only nations not vaccinated.
Authorities detected a subvariant of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, BA.2, in people in Pyongyang, the KCNA reported, without giving further details on the number of confirmed cases.
“There has been the largest emergency incident in the country, with a hole in our emergency quarantine front, which has remained secure for the last two years and three months since February 2020,” the state broadcaster said.
North Korea and its measures against Covid-19
North Korea, which sealed its borders in January 2020, had been one of the few countries in the world not to report Covid-19 cases during the pandemic, although analysts expressed doubts about the official figures given the vast and porous land border. of the country with China.
Aid workers have warned that the North would struggle to handle a large coronavirus outbreak after repeatedly refusing to receive vaccines provided by the United Nations-backed global vaccination initiative. COVAX.
Covid-19 adds to widespread malnutrition in North Korea
As we have mentioned in The Truth Newsthe isolated country ruled by third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un also suffers from widespread malnutrition and a dilapidated and ill-equipped health system.
Before the pandemic, the UN estimated that more than a quarter of North Koreans suffered from malnutrition.
In July, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimated that North Korea could fall 860,000 tons short of its food needs in 2021.