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North Korea says Covid outbreak is improving, may rethink brakes


State media in the secretive East Asian country reported on Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials had assessed the pandemic situation as “improved” and discussed adjusting security measures. confinement.

North Korea reported more than 89,500 new “fever cases” and 106,390 recoveries between Friday and Saturday night nationwide, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

He did not say if there were any additional deaths.

As of late Saturday, the total number of cases in North Korea since late April had reached 3,448,880, of which more than 3,262,700 had recovered and at least 186,110 were receiving medical treatment, KCNA reported.

The latest death toll in the country, reported on Friday, was 69 and the death rate was 0.002%, according to KCNA.

The country of 25 million people reported what it called the first cases of Covid-19 on May 12 and declared the situation a “major national emergency”, quickly placing all cities under quarantine and ordering “people suffering from fever or abnormal symptoms” to self-quarantine.

It reported hundreds of thousands of new “fever cases” and dozens of deaths within days – an outbreak that state media described as “explosive”.

Last Sunday, the country claimed the outbreak was slowing, with state media reporting a “positive trend” that saw the daily number of new “fever cases” fall below 200,000.

However, given the lack of independent reports in North Korea, it is difficult to verify the figures and there has long been widespread skepticism about the country’s Covid reports.

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