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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across an unvaccinated population of 26 million. The outbreak has caused concern about serious tragedies in the poor, isolated country with one of the world’s worst health care systems and a high tolerance for civilian suffering. Experts say North Korea is almost certainly downplaying the true scale of the viral spread, including a strangely small death toll, to soften the political blow on Kim as he navigates the toughest moment in his decade of rule. Around 219,030 North Koreans with fevers were identified in the 24 hours through 6 p.m. Friday, the fifth straight daily increase of around 200,000, according to the North’s Korean Central News Agency, which attributed the information to the government’s anti-virus headquarters. North Korea said more than 2.4 million people have fallen ill and 66 people have died since an unidentified fever began quickly spreading in late April, although the country...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday reported 232,880 new cases of fever and another six deaths as leader Kim Jong Un accused officials of “immaturity” and “slackness” in handling the escalating COVID-19 outbreak ravaging across the unvaccinated nation. The country’s anti-virus headquarters said 62 people have died and more than 1.7 million have fallen ill amid a rapid spread of fever since late April. It said more than a million people recovered but at least 691,170 remain in quarantine. Outside experts say most of the illnesses would be COVID-19, although North Korea has been able to confirm only a small number of COVID-19 cases since acknowledging an omicron outbreak last week, likely because of insufficient testing capabilities. A failure to control the outbreak could have dire consequences in North Korea, considering its broken health care system and its rejection of internationally offered vaccines that has left a population of 26 million unimmunized. The outbreak is almost certainly greater than the fever tally, considering the lack of tests and resources to monitor the sick, and...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials in North Korea found 269,510 more people with feverish symptoms and reported another six deaths, state media said Tuesday, as the country grapples with an escalating but largely undiagnosed COVID-19 outbreak across its unvaccinated population. According to the North’s anti-virus headquarters, 56 people have died and more than 1.48 million fell ill amid a rapid spread of fever nationwide since late April and outside experts believe most of the illnesses to be COVID-19. The North said at least 663,910 people were still in quarantine. State media isn’t specifying how many of the fever cases have been confirmed as COVID-19. North Korea likely lacks testing supplies to confirm coronavirus infections in large numbers and its virus response is mostly isolating people with symptoms at shelters. Failing to slow the virus could have dire consequences for North Korea, considering its broken health care system and that its 26 million people are believed to be unvaccinated. The country also grapples with malnourishment and other conditions of poverty and lacks public health tools, including antiviral...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday reported eight new deaths and 392,920 more people with fever symptoms amid a growing COVID-19 outbreak as leader Kim Jong Un blasted officials over delays in medicine deliveries and ordered his military to get involved in the pandemic response in the country’s capital, Pyongyang. The North’s emergency anti-virus headquarters said more than 1.2 million people fell ill amid a rapid spread of fever since late April and about 564,860 are currently under quarantine. The eight new deaths reported in the 24 hours through 6 p.m. Sunday brought its death toll to 50. State media didn’t specify how many of the fever cases and deaths were confirmed as COVID-19 infections. Experts say the failure to slow the virus could have dire consequences for North Korea, considering its poor health care system. Its population of 26 million people is believed to be mostly unvaccinated after their government had shunned millions of shots offered by the U.N.-backed COVAX distribution program, likely over concerns related to international monitoring requirements. North Korea acknowledged its...
    By Hyung-Jin Kim | Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has confirmed 15 more deaths and hundreds of thousands of additional patients with flu-like symptoms as it mobilizes more than a million health and other workers to try to suppress the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak, state media reported Sunday. After maintaining a widely disputed claim to be coronavirus-free for more than two years, North Korea announced Thursday that it had found its first COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began. It has since said a fever has spread across the country “explosively” since late April but hasn’t disclosed exactly how many COVID-19 cases it has found. Some experts say North Korea lacks the diagnostic kits needed to test a large number of suspected COVID-19 patients. The additional deaths reported Sunday took the country’s reported fever-related fatalities to 42. The official Korean Central News Agency also reported that another 296,180 people with flu symptoms had been tallied, taking the reported total to 820,620. The outbreak has triggered concern about a humanitarian crisis in North Korea because most of the country’s...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has confirmed 15 more deaths and hundreds of thousands of additional patients with flu-like symptoms as it mobilizes more than a million health and other workers to try to suppress the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak, state media reported Sunday. After maintaining a widely disputed claim to be coronavirus-free for more than two years, North Korea announced Thursday that it had found its first COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began. It has since said a fever has spread across the country “explosively” since late April but hasn’t disclosed exactly how many COVID-19 cases it has found. Some experts say North Korea lacks the diagnostic kits needed to test a large number of suspected COVID-19 patients. The additional deaths reported Sunday took the country’s reported fever-related fatalities to 42. The official Korean Central News Agency also reported that another 296,180 people with flu symptoms had been tallied, taking the reported total to 820,620. The outbreak has triggered concern about a humanitarian crisis in North Korea because most of the country’s 26 million...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea reports 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19 outbreak. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    North Korea documented six deaths from the Chinese coronavirus on Friday amid an “explosive” outbreak of the disease that infected 18,000 people in the country on Thursday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. “On May 12 alone, some 18,000 persons with fever occurred nationwide and as of now up to 187,800 people are being isolated and treated,” KCNA wrote in an English-language report published May 13. The article further revealed that six people had died from the Chinese coronavirus in North Korea as of Friday, with at least one of the deaths linked to the omicron variant of the disease. The nation’s current epidemic of the Chinese coronavirus began in late April as an “unknown fever” before spreading “explosively” across North Korea, KCNA said Friday. The outbreak, which is the first Chinese coronavirus epidemic ever officially acknowledged by Pyongyang, has affected 350,000 people in North Korea, according to KCNA. The state news agency noted on May 13 that 162,200 people had been “fully treated” for the disease in recent weeks. North Korea’s population is estimated at 24 million....
    The first death of a person who contracted COVID-19 has been reported in North Korea just one day after the hermit country acknowledged the pandemic had infiltrated its borders. It’s not confirmed whether all of the 18,000 “fever cases” and six deaths the country announced on Thursday are related to COVID-19, as the country lacks the testing capabilities needed to determine the cause of the widespread outbreak. But at least one of the dead people tested positive for the omicron variant, and 350,000 North Koreans have been infected since late April, North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency reported. NORTH KOREA ACKNOWLEDGES COVID-19 CASE FOR FIRST TIME Nearly 190,000 North Koreans are in quarantine, and about 162,000 have recovered from their symptoms, according to state media outlets. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered a nationwide lockdown after the country reported its first cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, noting the outburst of cases was a “grave sign of lapses in our anti-epidemic system,” according to state media. Kim appeared in public wearing a mask for the first...
    Jimmy Kimmel addressed news of North Korea’s first reported Covid-19 outbreak, questioning how the disease even reached the country in the first place. “I don’t know if you heard this, but the Republic of North Korea today reported their first case of Covid-19, can you imagine that?” the host said on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “Two years after we all got it.” North Korean state media has since announced a Covid-19 outbreak in the country, which has likely killed six people and infected more than 350,000, according to CNN.  “According to the director of their National Institute of Infectious Disease, Dr. Dennis Rodman, the virus, which until now had been ‘Un’-detected, has appeared,” Kimmel joked. “How did Covid even get into North Korea? Did Kid Rock play Pyongyang and not tell us about it?” Kimmel then reasoned that there have “probably been many cases of Covid in North Korea,” that officials and medical experts have not acknowledged “from fear of angering their leader’s might scrotum.” “They’ve ordered a shutdown of nationwide lockdowns, so if you live in North Korea, just keep...
    Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Friday six people died and nearly 190,000 are under quarantine following a rapid spread of fever across the nation in recent weeks, a day after it first acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak in a largely unvaccinated population. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Friday that more than 350,000 people were treated for fever that “explosively” spread nationwide since late April and that 162,200 people recovered. It said said 187,800 people are being isolated for treatment after 18,000 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Thursday alone. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the cases were COVID-19 and the country likely lacks testing supplies. The North said one of the six people who died was confirmed to have been infected with the omicron variant. Experts say a failure to slow infections could have serious consequences because the country has a poor health care system and its 26 million people are believed to be mostly unvaccinated. KCNA said leader Kim Jong Un was briefed over the fever during his visit...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday six people died and nearly 190,000 are under quarantine following a rapid spread of fever across the nation in recent weeks, a day after it first acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak in a largely unvaccinated population. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Friday that more than 350,000 people were treated for fever that “explosively” spread nationwide since late April and that 162,200 people recovered. It said said 187,800 people are being isolated for treatment after 18,000 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Thursday alone. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the cases were COVID-19 and the country likely lacks testing supplies. The North said one of the six people who died was confirmed to have been infected with the omicron variant. Experts say a failure to slow infections could have serious consequences because the country has a poor health care system and its 26 million people are believed to be mostly unvaccinated. KCNA said leader Kim Jong Un was briefed over the fever during...
    (CNN)North Korea has identified its first Omicron coronavirus case in the capital Pyongyang, according to state media on Wednesday. The state-run news agency KCNA called the situation a "major national emergency."It is not clear how many cases have been detected. An outbreak of Covid-19 could prove dire for North Korea. The country's dilapidated health care infrastructure is unlikely to be up to the task of treating a large number of patients with a highly infectious disease.North Korea had not previously acknowledged any coronavirus cases, though experts claim that may be a product of Pyongyang's limited testing capacity. Read MoreFew believe that a country of around 25 million people has been spared by a virus that has infected millions worldwide, especially after its state media warned in 2020 that an incident involving a symptomatic defector from South Korea might lead to a "deadly and destructive disaster."This is a developing story. More to come.
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fire erupted at a now-shuttered inter-Korean industrial park in North Korea on Thursday, but it wasn’t immediately clear if any South Korean property was damaged, officials said. The fire was detected from a front-line South Korean observatory post at about 2 p.m. and appeared to have been extinguished about an hour later, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said. The ministry, which oversees relations with rival North Korea, said it will try to confirm any damage at the complex in Kaesong city. North Korean state media didn’t immediately report the fire. The industrial park, established in 2004 during a period of warming ties between the divided Koreas, was once viewed as a test case for reunification because it combined South Korean technology and knowhow with cheap North Korean labor. The complex’s operation was suspended in 2016 amid tensions over North Korea’s weapons program, leaving South Korean equipment and other assets abandoned there. South Korean businesspeople who ran companies at the park have repeatedly expressed a desire to visit the complex because of concerns about the condition...
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    (CNN)North Korea said it successfully test-fired a hypersonic missile on Wednesday, the state-run news agency KCNA reported Thursday.According to the report, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend the launch."The successive successful test launches in the hypersonic missile sector have a strategic significance of accelerating the task of modernizing the national strategic force suggested by the 8th Party Congress and completing the most important task among the top five tasks in the strategic weapons sector of the five-year plan," KCNA said.The missile was separated after launch, maneuvered 120 km (74.5 miles) from the initial launch, and hit the target set at 700 km (435 miles) without an error, KCNA reported.The Japan Coast Guard said after reports of the launch Wednesday that the projectile fell into the sea off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.Read MoreShortly after the launch Wednesday, South Korea's National Security Council expressed concerns over North Korea's launch of a missile, which it presumed to be a ballistic missile, and called for resumption of dialogue with North Korea in order to ease tension in inter-Korean...
    North Korea reportedly fired at least one projectile into the East Sea on Wednesday, several days after it reportedly tested newly developed long-range missiles, according reports. South Korea’s Yonhap News claimed Wednesday that the communist country to the north had fired two projectiles, which it identified as ballistic missiles. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff were conducting an analysis of the situation, Yonhap reported. But The Associated Press was reporting that only one projectile had been fired and the AP did not identify it as a ballistic missile. The AP also claimed South Korea's military was its source. NORTH KOREA SAYS ‘STRATEGIC’ LONGE-RANGE CRUISE MISSILES HIT TARGETS IN TEST According to the AP, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the North Korean projectile flew toward the waters of the Korean Peninsula's east coast on Wednesday. It gave no further details. Wednesday’s development followed reports Monday of North Korean missile tests that occurred over last weekend – tests that ended a yearlong pause in the nation’s testing of projectiles, the AP reported. People watch...
    NORTH Korea has successfully test-fired a new long-range cruise missile, its state media has claimed. In the report, released today, the hermit country said that the missile hit a target 1,000 miles away. 1North Korea successfully launched a long-range missile today, its state media confirmed There to observe the launch were leaders of the Worker's Party of Korea and other leading officials and scientists from the defence sector. The statement called the launch "a strategic weapon of great significance" in the defence department's five-year plan. It comes after a top US military commander issued a chilling warning to North Korea and said "I'm ready 24/7, 365" if the missile is launched. Gen. Glen VanHerck said America "continues to be ready to respond, should North Korea elect to launch a missile", in a briefing on Friday. He told reporters in a Department of Defense press briefing: "I'm ready 24/7, 365, if...North Korea decides to launch a ballistic missile.   "I'm confident in our capabilities.   "We continue to be ready to respond, should North Korea elect to launch a missile." Gen. VanHerck...
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a plenary meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea central committee in Pyongyang, North Korea on February 10, 2021. KCNA/Reuters Kim Jong Un blasted his top officials on Tuesday for their handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. North Korea has continued to report that it has zero coronavirus cases within its borders. Kim is likely trying to redirect blame for North Korea's problems away from himself, an expert told Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has blamed top officials for allowing the country to suffer "grave consequences" from the Covid-19 pandemic, reported state media Korean Central News Agency — though he was unclear what those grave consequences were. At a politburo meeting on Tuesday, he said that senior cadres of his ruling party had neglected key decisions in North Korea's coronavirus defense and created a "great crisis" for its people, said KCNA. He blasted the "chronic irresponsibility and incompetence" of the officials, saying they brought "tremendous harm" to the country. His comments are a...
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea, in a photo released by the Korean Central News Agency KCNA/REUTERS Kim Jong Un has been looking noticeably thinner recently, experts who are analyzing recent images of him. His weight loss has everyone heartbroken, said a local man in a state media interview. Experts watch for information like Kim's health to gain clues about the North Korean regime. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kim Jong Un's recent weight loss is worrying people all over North Korea, a Pyongyang resident told the country's tightly controlled state TV on Friday, reported Reuters. "Seeing respected general secretary (Kim Jong Un) looking emaciated breaks our people's heart so much," the man said in an interview with broadcaster Korean Central Television. "Everyone is saying their tears welled up," he said. The man was among a group of residents watching a screen on the street that showed Kim and his party officials at a concert featuring propaganda songs about the regime, reported Reuters, which could not...
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