North Korea Declares 'victory' Over Covid, Says Kim Had Fever
Sumaira FH Published August 11, 2022 | 01:40 PM
Seoul, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Aug, 2022 ) :North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared a "shining victory" over Covid-19 as his sister revealed he had fallen ill during the outbreak, which she blamed on Seoul, state media said Thursday.
Addressing a meeting of health workers and scientists, Kim announced a "victory... in the war against the malignant pandemic disease", according to the official Korean Central news Agency.
Kim fell ill with a "high fever" but refused to rest while the country battled the virus, his powerful sister Kim Yo Jong told the meeting as officials in the audience wept, a KCTV broadcast showed.
The isolated nation, which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic, confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a "maximum emergency epidemic prevention system".
North Korea refers to "fever patients" rather than "Covid patients" in case reports, apparently due to a lack of testing capacity.
This handling of the pandemic "is a miracle unprecedented in the world's public health history," Kim said to thunderous applause, according to KCNA.
"The victory gained by our people is a historic event."