On May 14, North Korea recorded 21 more deaths from Covid-19, with more than 174,000 North Koreans having a fever. Faced with this situation, leader Kim Jong-un declared that the country was facing a “major incident” – “the Covid-19 disaster”.
According to KCNA, Kim Jong-un emphasized that the spread of Covid-19 was a “major event since the founding of the country”. Leader Kim Jong-un reassured the people, affirming that North Korea will soon overcome the Covid-19 disaster.
Earlier, Farhan Haq – Deputy Spokesperson of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, affirmed that the UN is committed to supporting the North Korean people on Covid-19 and other issues.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on May 13 offered to send Covid-19 vaccines to support North Korea. The request came a day after Pyongyang reported its first cases of the disease.
Citing Kang In-sun, the spokesman for President Yoon Suk-yeol, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap said: “President Yoon Suk-yeol plans to provide the North Korean people with Covid-19 vaccines and other medical supplies. Suspected cases are said to be on the rise in North Korea. We will discuss with North Korea the details of the support.”
North Korea has not yet contacted South Korea, but Seoul has said it will remain ready to respond in case Pyongyang requests assistance.