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  • Pathfinder
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    (LEAD) N. Korea reports no new suspected COVID-19 cases for 1 week: state media

    North Korea 09:23 August 05, 2022
    By Chae Yun-hwan

    SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases remained at zero for one week, with efforts under way for returning to normalcy amid ongoing antivirus measures, according to state media Friday.

    No new fever cases were reported over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency anti-epidemic headquarters.

    It did not provide any other information in the report.

    In a separate article, the KCNA said all fever patients under treatment have recovered and the country has entered a "definite phase of stability" in its virus situation.
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    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2022080...?section=nk/nk

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    (LEAD) N. Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases fall below 50: state media

    North Korea 09:31 July 26, 2022
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    By Yi Wonju

    SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases dropped below 50, according to its state media Tuesday.

    More than 30 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

    It did not provide information on whether additional deaths have been reported. As of July 5, the death toll had stood at 74, with the fatality rate at 0.002 percent.

    The total number of fever cases since late April came to over 4.77 million as of 6 p.m. Monday, of which 99.99 percent had recovered and at least 260 others are being treated, it added.

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    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2022072...?section=nk/nk

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    (LEAD) N. Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases fall below 2,000: state media

    North Korea 09:32 July 07, 2022
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    More than 1,950 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the state-run Korean Central Broadcasting Station said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

    It did not provide information on whether additional deaths have been reported. As of Tuesday, the death toll had stood at 74, with the fatality rate at 0.002 percent.
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    The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the country's virus situation is being "admirably controlled and managed."
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    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2022070...?section=nk/nk

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    (LEAD) N. Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases below 4,000 for 2nd day: state media

    North Korea 09:53 July 04, 2022
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    By Yi Wonju

    SEOUL, July 4 (Yonhap) --
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    More than 3,030 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

    It did not provide information on whether additional deaths have been reported.
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    North Korea has taken "timely measures" to raise the level of mass immunity across the country and "defuse the current epidemic crisis," according to the KCNA.
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    The North is also ramping up measures to cement the "anti-epidemic wall since the cause and route of the malignant virus inroads into the country had been scientifically unraveled."

    On Friday, the North claimed its coronavirus outbreak originated from "alien" objects in an area near the inter-Korean border, alluding to balloons often flown by North Korean defector groups in South Korea.
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    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2022070...?section=nk/nk

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    (3rd LD) N. Korea's first COVID-19 cases traced to area bordering S. Korea: state media

    All News 11:13 July 01, 2022
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    By Chae Yun-hwan

    SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korean health authorities have concluded its COVID-19 outbreak originated in an area near the inter-Korean border as local residents came into contact with "alien" stuff there, state media reported Friday...
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    "The investigation results showed that several persons coming from the area of Ipho-ri in Kumgang County in Kangwon Province to the capital city in mid-April were in fever," it said in an English-language article. "A sharp increase of fever cases was witnessed among their contacts and that a group of fevered persons emerged in the area of Ipho-ri for the first time."

    The KCNA added that an 18-year-old soldier and a 5-year-old kindergartener had contact with "alien things" in the area in early April and that they had tested positive for the virus after showing symptoms.
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    It added that the State Emergency Epidemic Prevention Headquarters issued an instruction stressing the need to "vigilantly deal with alien things coming by wind and other climate phenomena and balloons in the areas along the demarcation line and borders."
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    Although the North did not specify what the "alien things" were, it alluded to balloons often flown by North Korean defector groups in South Korea, carrying such materials as anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets, portable radios and U.S. paper money, over the heavily fortified border.
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    The South Korean government immediately dismissed the North's assertion, saying there is no possibility that its coronavirus outbreak is connected with such materials from the South.
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    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220701000253325
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    North Korea suggests balloons flown from South to blame for Covid-19 outbreak
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    July 1, 2022, 5:28 AM CST / Source: Associated Press
    By Associated Press

    North Korea suggested Friday its Covid-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea — a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasing tensions over its nuclear program.

    Activists for years have flown balloons across the border to distribute hundreds of thousands of propaganda leaflets critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and North Korea has often expressed fury at the activists and at South Korea’s leadership for not stopping them.
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    South Korea’s Unification Ministry said there was no chance South Korean balloons might have spread the virus to North Korea.
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    The state media report said North Korea’s epidemic prevention center had found infection clusters in the town of Ipho near its southeastern border with South Korea and that some Ipho residents with feverish symptoms traveled to Pyongyang. The center said an 18-year-old soldier and a 5-year kindergartener had contact with “alien things” in the town in early April and later tested positive for the omicron variant.

    In what it called “an emergency instruction,” the epidemic prevention center ordered officials to “to vigilantly deal with alien things coming by wind and other climate phenomena and balloons” along the inter-Korean border and trace their sources to the last. It also stressed that anyone finding “alien things” must notify authorities immediately so they could be removed.
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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/n...reak-rcna36291

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    (LEAD) N. Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases under 10,000 for 3rd day: state media

    North Korea 09:47 June 27, 2022
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    By Yi Wonju

    SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) --

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    More than 7,300 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

    It did not provide information on whether additional deaths have been reported. As of June 15, the death toll stood at 73, with a fatality rate of 0.002 percent.
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    In mid-June, the North also reported an outbreak of an "acute enteric epidemic" in South Hwanghae Province near the border with South Korea. It did not specify what the disease is.
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    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2022062...?section=nk/nk

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    (LEAD) N. Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases stay below 20,000 for 2nd day: state media

    North Korea 09:40 June 20, 2022
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    By Yi Wonju

    SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases remained below 20,000 for the second consecutive day, according to its state media Monday.

    More than 18,820 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

    It did not provide information on whether additional deaths have been reported. As of last Wednesday, the death toll stood at 73, with a fatality rate of 0.002 percent.

    The total number of fever cases since late April came to over 4.63 million as of 6 p.m. Sunday, of which more than 4.6 million have recovered, and at least 31,540 are being treated, it added.
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    Last Thursday, the North reported an outbreak of an "acute enteric epidemic" in Haeju City and Kangryong County in South Hwanghae Province. It did not specify what the disease is.

    The KCNA added that the country is ramping up efforts to identify the cause of the outbreak, carry out disinfection work and treat patients in the region.
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    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2022062...?section=nk/nk

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    Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladit...h=383179fa40d1

    North Korea Faces Suspected Typhoid Or Cholera Outbreak As Covid Infections Grow
    Siladitya RayForbes Staff
    Jun 16, 2022,03:28am EDT
    Updated Jun 16, 2022, 05:48am EDT

    North Korea is facing what it says is an unknown intestinal disease outbreak—suspected to be either cholera or typhoid—in the southwestern city of Haeju, according to the country’s state-run media, even as it continues to report more than 25,000 new Covid-19 cases daily in an ongoing outbreak that is believed to have put a major strain on the country’s fragile health care system.


    Key Facts

    According to the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the port city of Haeju is facing an “acute enteric epidemic” outbreak, without providing additional details.

    To tackle the outbreak, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un sent medicines “prepared by his family” to Haeju and ordered local health officials to rapidly contain the outbreak, the report adds.

    South Korean government officials believe the mysterious outbreak is likely to have been caused by either cholera or typhoid—both bacterial diseases contracted from contaminated water or food, Reuters reported.

    North Korea also reported 26,010 suspected new Covid-19 cases or ‘fevers’ and one death on Thursday, pushing the country’s official Covid-19 death toll to 73...

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  • etudiant
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    Herd immunity, North Korea style.

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    (LEAD) N. Korea's suspected COVID-19 cases below 40,000 for 2nd day: state media

    North Korea 09:17 June 14, 2022

    By Yi Wonju

    SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases stayed below 40,000 for the second consecutive day, its state media said Tuesday.

    More than 32,810 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

    It did not provide information on whether additional deaths have been reported. The death toll stood at just 72 as of June 11.

    The total number of fever cases since late April came to over 4.5 million as of 6 p.m. Monday, of which more than 4.44 million have recovered, and at least 57,780 are being treated, it added.

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    WHO: COVID "getting worse, not better" in North Korea
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    ByMaria Cheng Associated Press
    June 01, 2022, 10:55 AM

    LONDON -- A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. health agency assumes the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea is “getting worse, not better,” despite the secretive country's recent claims that COVID-19 is slowing there.

    At a press briefing on Wednesday, WHO's emergencies chief Dr. Mike Ryan appealed to North Korean authorities for more information about the COVID-19 outbreak there, saying “we have real issues in getting access to the raw data and to the actual situation on the ground.” He said WHO has not received any privileged information about the epidemic - unlike in typical outbreaks when countries may share more sensitive data with the organization so it can evaluate the public health risks for the global community.

    “It is very, very difficult to provide a proper analysis to the world when we don’t have access to the necessary data,” he said. WHO has previously voiced concerns about the impact of COVID-19 in North Korea's population, which is believed to be largely unvaccinated and whose fragile health systems could struggle to deal with a surge of cases prompted by the super-infectious omicron and its subvariants.
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    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireSt...korea-85111476

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