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Covid: More Than 260,000 Infected In Last 24 Hours In North Korea, Death Toll Rises To 56

Military personnel from the Korean People's Army medical corps attend the launch of a campaign to improve the supply of medicines, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Pyongyang, North Korea (Image: KCNA/Reuters)

Military personnel from the Korean People's Army medical corps attend the launch of a campaign to improve the supply of medicines, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Pyongyang, North Korea (Image: KCNA/Reuters)

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un deployed army's medical corps to defuse the public health crisis.

North Korea reported six new deaths amid a COVID-19 wave, as the country’s military was mobilised to distribute medical supplies, state media KCNA said on Tuesday.

The state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters reported 269,510 more people with fever symptoms, bringing the total to 1,483,060, while the death toll grew to 56 as of Monday evening, KCNA said. It did not say how many people have tested positive for COVID-19.

“A powerful force” of the army’s medical corps was dispatched to improve the supply of medicines in the capital Pyongyang, the centre of the country’s first acknowledged epidemic, a day after leader Kim Jong Un ordered its immediate deployment.

KCNA said the team’s mission was aimed at “defusing the public health crisis prevailing over the capital city of Pyongyang,” calling it vital to the ongoing anti-epidemic campaign.

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first published:May 17, 2022, 07:34 IST