North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declared “victory in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic”.
The country has also lifted restrictions on people’s movement after nearly two weeks of no new cases of fever, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
KCNA quoted Kim Jong-un as saying during the National Assembly session that North Korea had won the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic since the SARS-CoV-2 virus first entered North Korea in May. Thereby protecting the health and life of the people. However, Kim Jong-un emphasized that North Korea must maintain a strong anti-epidemic barrier and medical aid measures until the global health crisis is over.
Currently, North Korea’s epidemic prevention agency continues to promote measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and strengthen communication, support and cooperation between state agencies in the epidemic prevention campaign.
On May 12, North Korea announced its first case of Covid-19 and then implemented a nationwide blockade. The number of infections recorded daily in North Korea peaked on May 15 with 392,920 cases, and as of July 29, no new cases were recorded.
North Korea has recorded only 74 deaths from Covid-19 and Kim called this an “unprecedented miracle”.
North Korea has applied strict restrictive measures against Covid-19 since the pandemic appeared. After repeatedly asserting that the country has no Covid-19 cases, North Korea in May began to cope with Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.