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Kim Jong Un declares 'victory' over coronavirus, sister says he was 'severely ill' with 'high fever'

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un declared "victory" over the coronavirus on Thursday, but his sister said the North Korean leader has announced that he was suffering from a "high fever" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kim blamed South Korea for the outbreakand vowed to retaliate against neighboring countries. He said he was "severely ill" and had a "high fever".

"He was seriously ill with a high fever, but he could not lie down for a moment thinking about the people he had to take care of until the end in the face of the epidemic war. ' she said on North Korean television.

North Korea has never provided data on the number of its citizens infected withCOVID. Instead, it relies on his daily number of fever cases, which has reached 47.7 million, according to Reuters.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Kim made his first public appearance Saturday after 20 day. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said at the Politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. are attending Kim appeared in public on Saturday for the first time in 20 days. (File via Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Agency AP, file)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his sister Kim Yo Jong watch a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his sister Kim Yo-jong watch a military parade at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang. (AP)


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Yo Jong cited South Korean pamphlets and propaganda found near the border as the cause of the outbreak.

"The constant influx of garbage from South Korea can no longer be overlooked," she said. "Our countermeasures must be lethal retaliation."

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Experts refute reports that North Korea has won COVID. According to Reuters, official government figures put the mortality rate from COVID at just 0.0016%, or her 74 out of about 4.77 million people in the country.