FILE - An employee of the Kyonghung Foodstuff General Store disinfects the showroom in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Before acknowledging domestic COVID-19 cases, Thursday, May 12, 2022, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist system was protecting its 26 million people from “a malicious virus” that had killed millions around the world. - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.05.2022SubscribeUSIndiaGlobalMOSCOW (Sputnik) – North Korea on Saturday registered more than 296,000 new patients with fever and 15 more dead, totaling more than 820,000 people sick, the state-run KCNA news agency reported.On Thursday, North Korea announced the first wave of COVID-19 cases in the country, as several citizens tested positive for the Omicron BA.2 variant. According to the KCNA, an “unfamiliar fever” has been spreading in the country since late April.According to the media, from the evening of May 13 to May 14 the number of “patients with fever” in the country has increased by more than 296,000 people, 15 more people have died and more than 252,000 patients recovered.The total number of fever patients from late April to May 14 was more than 820,000, of whom 496,000 had recovered and 42 died, the media added.In this file picture taken on September 27, 2021, a health official sprays disinfectant as part of preventative measures against Covid-19, in the Daesong Department Store in Pyongyang. - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.05.2022Omicron COVID StrainKim Jong Un: North Korea Facing ‘Great Turmoil’ as COVID-19 Cases SurgeNorth Korea has put in place an “emergency anti-epidemic system of the highest order,” at the direction of the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, a lockdown has been imposed in all cities and counties to stop the spread of the virus and “eradicate the source of infection” as quickly as possible.On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a meeting with senior government officials to discuss the response measures after the first case of Omicron was registered in Pyongyang on May 8. Kim ordered a strict nationwide lockdown and mobilization of epidemic prevention system.



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