North Korea sends medical aid to 800 families

North Korea sends medical aid to 800 families
North Korea sends medical aid to 800 families


PYONGYANG North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other top officials are preparing aid to send to 800 families infected with an unidentified intestinal outbreak, state media reported Friday.

Currently, the country is still struggling to reduce COVID-19 cases.

North Korea revealed this week that it is facing an acute enteric outbreak, but did not elaborate on the illness, but it is believed to be in the gastrointestinal tract.

“Officers provided medicine, food and essential items for the treatment of residents of Haeju City and Kangryong District (South Hwanghae Province),” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

Kim instructed his officials to immediately carry out the task of easing the burdens and hardships of the country’s people.

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On Thursday, an official from South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Seoul was monitoring the outbreak, which is suspected to be cholera or typhoid.

South Hwanghae Province is North Korea’s main agricultural province and the outbreak has raised concerns about chronic food shortages amid a wave of COVID-19 infections.

North Korea has reported several patients experiencing fever symptoms but has not confirmed it as a COVID-19 case, which is believed to be due to a lack of large-scale testing capacity.

The KCNA reported on Friday that another 23,160 people were experiencing fever symptoms, bringing the total in the country since the end of April to more than 4.58 million. The number of deaths linked to the outbreak was 73 people.

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The country had previously reported that the COVID-19 situation had shown signs of abating, but the World Health Organization (WHO) disputed Pyongyang’s statement saying it believed the situation was getting worse.