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North Korea records 23,000 new fever cases; WHO questions data

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The World Health Organization has questioned North Korea’s claim that the outbreak is winding down.

As North Korea faces an alarming number of cases amid COVID 19, WHO says that the situation is being ‘underreported’.

During the first official outbreak, the country reported more than 4.6 million episodes of fever, but authorities have not disclosed how many of those individuals tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Friday, there were more than 23,100 cases of fever; this is the third day in a row that the number of infections reported fell below 30,000.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as it is officially known, has reported only 73 deaths so far, significantly less than one might expect from an outbreak involving millions of infections.

Pyongyang had claimed to be COVID-19-free before admitting the outbreak in mid-May, a claim that many observers questioned given the coronavirus’s high transmissibility and the country’s extensive land border with China.

Faith Baltazar
Journalist at News Asia Today.