07/13/2021, 09.46
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WHO: Pyongyang says no case of Covid in the country

This is according to a weekly report by the World Health Organisation. Since the start of the pandemic, the North Korean regime has tested more than 32,000 people, but none have been found to be infected. The news comes after statements by leader Kim Jong-Un regarding a "serious incident" in the fight against the coronavirus.


Seoul (AsiaNews/Agencies) - So far North Korea has conducted tests for the coronavirus on about 32,000 people, but no case of Covid-19 has been found, states a  report issued today by the World Health Organisation (WHO). From 25 June to 1 July, 718 North Koreans were swabbed, bringing the total number of citizens tested to 32,512, but none were found to be infected.

The news comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un admitted at the end of June that there had been a "grave incident" in the country's fight against the pandemic.

Although no cases of Covid-19 have been recorded since the start of the global health crisis, Pyongyang has imposed tight border controls and measures. Through the WHO's Covax programme, the country has reserved about 2 million vaccines, but they have not yet been delivered. Last week, the regime refused doses of AstraZeneca and turned to Russia asking for free supplies of Sputnik-V.

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