• Six more people have reportedly died of “fever” in North Korea.
  • Last Thursday, the country announced its first case of Covid-19.
  • North Korea has one of the world’s worst healthcare systems.

North Korea on Tuesday reported six additional deaths from the “fever” days after the first Covid-19 case was announced, and said it was stepping up the spread of the drug in the military.

KCNA state media reported that the army “urgently deployed its powerful forces in all pharmacies in Pyongyang and began to supply drugs.”

The publication also reports that “the death toll in the country is 56” as of Monday evening, more than 1,483,060 cases of fever and at least 663,910 people are receiving medical care.

The fines are coming despite the fact that leader Kim Jong Un has ordered a halt to work across the country to slow the spread of the disease among unvaccinated people.

Kim has so far strongly criticized health officials for what he called a failed response to the epidemic’s prevention – in particular, for not opening pharmacies around the clock to distribute drugs.

READ | Covid crisis in North Korea gets out of control – 1.4 million people now suffer from “fever”

A KCNA report on Tuesday said “urgent action has been taken to immediately correct deviations in drug supplies,” including round-the-clock pharmacies in Pyongyang.

Since the country announced its first Covid-19 case last Thursday, Kim has become North Korea’s chief and response center for the disease, overseeing the Politburo’s almost daily emergency meetings on the outbreak, which he said is causing “big shocks” in country. .

On Tuesday, KCNA reported that efforts were being made to inform the masses about the “Stealth Omicron option so that they would have a deep understanding of scientific treatments and rules for preventing epidemics.”

Meanwhile, on Monday, about 11,000 officials, teachers and medical students participated in an “intensive medical examination of all residents” to search for those with fever, according to KCNA.

Experts say North Korea has one of the world’s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals, multiple intensive care units and a lack of drugs to treat Covid-19 or the possibility of mass testing.

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