North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country was hit by a “great catastrophe” after it became known about 21 new deaths of “unidentified origin” from people with fever.
The state news agency KCNA reported that about 280,810 people were being treated and 27 had died since the country began reporting the fever in late April.
It does not mention COVID-19.
On Thursday, North Korea announced one death from coronavirus – and the head of state ordered to introduce a strict nationwide closure.
KCNA quotes Mr. Kim as saying that the health crisis was caused by “incompetence and irresponsibility of party organizations in their anti-epidemic responses”.
Efforts must be made to overcome the outbreak as soon as possible, Mr. Kim was quoted as saying by KCNA, adding that “this is a big mess”.
Preliminary public recognition of CORONIVAL INFECTION COVID infections underscore the possibility of a serious crisis in a country that has refused to accept international vaccination assistance and has closed its borders.
The outbreak could have serious consequences due to the poor health care system in the country, and its 26 million people are believed to be largely unvaccinated.