North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is wearing a face mask amid the Covid outbreak while inspecting a pharmacy in Pyongyang.

  • North Korea has instructed citizens to gargle with salt water, among other home remedies, to treat covid.
  • A country that is not vaccinated is battling the “explosive” Covid outbreak.
  • As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million cases of “fever” and 62 deaths had been reported in North Korea.
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North Korea has instructed its citizens to gargle with salt water to treat Covid as an unvaccinated country struggles with an “explosive” outbreak of the virus.

“Traditional treatments are the best!” said the woman to state broadcasters in a televised interview this week, according to Reuters. She claimed that her children gargled salt water twice a day.

Salt water is just one of several home remedies the country recommends in the fight against the virus, the news agency added.

Residents were also advised to drink willow leaf – an herbal remedy traditionally used to relieve fever symptoms – three times a day, according to Reuters.

An elderly resident said in a TV interview that ginger tea helped fight Covid, according to Reuters. She said she was “scared of Kovid at first”, but after doctors’ recommendations it turned out to be “not so important”.

North Korea seems to have a potentially catastrophic Covid crisis, given the country’s limited testing capabilities, a flawed health care system and the fact that its population is not vaccinated.

It is just one of two countries – the other – Eritrea – that has rejected global vaccine exchange initiatives.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million cases of “fever” and 62 deaths have been reported in the closed nation, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

According to the BBC, North Korea has not yet called the outbreak a “fever” of Covid-19, as poor testing capabilities have prevented it from diagnosing cases.

Experts warn that the actual number of Covid infections in the country is probably much higher than reported.

Last Saturday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the Covid outbreak in the country was the most significant “slowdown” since its founding in 1948.

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