North Korea reported its first death from Corona, a day after the country announced the outbreak for the first time. Five more deaths may have been from the disease, but that has yet to be confirmed.
The official news agency KCNA reported that 350,000 people with symptoms have been registered in the country since April. 187,800 people are currently being treated in isolation.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a command center to fight the outbreak last day. Pictures of him wearing a mask were also shown on television for the first time.
For two years, the country confirmed that there had not been a single case of corona infection in the country, a claim considered unlikely by international experts. At the start of the pandemic, North Korea decided to isolate itself further, by suspending cross-border traffic and trade, and ordered border guards to shoot those who tried to cross.
It is not known how the virus entered the country though. The country has since imposed a medical emergency. A national lockdown has also been announced.
It’s unclear what exactly that action entails: According to an Associated Press reporter, people can still be seen on the streets today. Traveling between cities can be more difficult.
Since then, South Korea has provided medical assistance, also because the neighboring country’s healthcare system is deplorable. Beijing also promised to provide aid such as the Chinese vaccine.