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The number of North Koreans showing Covid symptoms has passed 2 million, while the country has claimed to be achieving “good results” in its fight against the virus.

It reported 263,370 more people with fever symptoms and two more deaths on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 2.24 million, including 65 deaths, according to the official KCNA news agency.

He did not say how many of those cases had tested positive for Covid.

Rising cases and a lack of medical resources and vaccines have led the UN human rights agency to warn of ‘devastating’ consequences for Korea’s 25 million people North, and World Health Organization officials fear that uncontrolled spread could lead to new, more deadly variants.

Government-reported fever cases have declined in Pyongyang but have increased in rural provinces, and whether by mistake or deliberate manipulation are unlikely to be completely accurate, said Martyn Williams, a researcher at the American Observer 38 North. “I doubt they portray the exact image,” he said on Twitter.

Kee Park, a global health specialist at Harvard Medical School who has worked on health care projects in North Korea, said earlier that the number of new cases should start to slow due to strengthened preventive measures. such as travel restrictions and keeping workers separated into groups according to their occupations.

But, Park said, North Korea will struggle to provide treatment for the already large number of people with Covid-19, adding that deaths could reach tens of thousands.

Despite the workload, the isolated country said farming was going on, factories were working and it was planning a state funeral for a former general.

“Even under the peak epidemic prevention emergency, normal production is maintained in key industrial sectors and large-scale construction projects are pushed forward unabated,” KCNA said on Friday. “Good results are regularly reported in the ongoing anti-epidemic warfare.”

North Korea said on Wednesday the country’s virus outbreak was taking a “favorable turn”, although South Korean officials say it’s difficult to draw a conclusion because it’s unclear how North Korea calculates the number of patients with fever and Covid.

Both South Korea and the United States have offered to help North Korea fight the virus, including sending aid, but have not received a response, the deputy adviser said on Wednesday. to Seoul’s national security.

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