‘Great turmoil’: North Korea’s Kim concedes rapidly spreading COVID outbreak

‘Great turmoil’: North Korea’s Kim concedes rapidly spreading COVID outbreak

By Heekyong Yang and Jack Kim Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on Saturday the spread of COVID-19 had thrust his country into “great turmoil” and called for an all-out battle to overcome the outbreak, as 21 daily deaths were reported among people with fever. The isolated country this week acknowledged that it is facing a COVID outbreak for the first time, imposing a nationwide lockdown. But there was no sign of a rigorous testing or treatment campaign in North Korea’s rudimentary healthcare system. “The spread of the malignant epidemic is a great turmoil to fall on our country since the founding,” Kim told an emergency meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party, according to state news agency KCNA. “But if we don’t lose focus in implementing epidemic policy and …
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