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North Korea's Kim Jong-un declares victory over Covid

Seoul, South KoreaNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un wins battle against coronavirus State media said on Thursday it had ordered the lifting of the biggest epidemic measures imposed in May.

North Korea has not disclosed the number of confirmed cases of the virus, although no new suspected cases have been reported since July 29. However, according to international aid agencies, the number of infected people is limited. test function.

Chairman Kim Jong-un said that while the pandemic measures would be lifted to the maximum extent possible, North Korea would "maintain a steel-strong quarantine barrier and intensify its quarantine work until the global health crisis is over." '' said there was a need. Reported by state news agency KCNA.

Analysts say authoritarian North Korea used the pandemic to tighten social control, but its declaration of victory was hampered by border closures and other restrictions. It could be a prelude to recovering lost trade, he said.

Observers also say it may pave the way for North Korea to conduct its first nuclear weapons test since 2017.

74 official deaths in North Korea The rate reported that KCNA, citing another official, was an "unprecedented miracle" compared to other countries.

North Korea reported the number of people with fever instead of confirmed cases. These daily casespeaked at over 392,000 on May 15,[29] causing health experts to warn of an inevitable crisis.
The World Health Organization has cast doubt on North Korea's claims and last month, in the absence of independent data, the situation was worseningand improving.

Pyongyang's declaration of victory came despite not deploying a known vaccine program. Instead, the country says it relies on lockdowns, homegrown remedies, and what Kim called a "favorable Korean-style socialist system."

North Korea has said it is conducting intensive health screenings nationwide, including daily PCR tests on water collected in border areas as part of the measures.

It also said it was developing new methods to better detect the virus and its subspecies, as well as other infectious diseases such as monkeypox.
Kim Yo-jong, sister of Kim Jong-un, said the North Korean leader himself was suffering from a fever,a leaflet from South Korea , she was accused of causing, KCNA reported.

"He was seriously ill with a high fever, but he could not lie down for a moment when he thought of the people he had to take care of until the very end in the face of the epidemic war. '' she said in a speech praising his efforts.