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North Korea says new cases of a fever are not virulent and does not possess the properties needed for a rapid onset, severe form of flu

North Korea’s epidemics department confirmed that the new cases of fever identified last week are actually overdue influenza. They said this confirms their suspicions that calm was still needed in th

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North Korea announced on Friday that the cause of the recent spike in fever cases was due to influenza rather than a resurgence of Covid-19.

Four new cases of “fever” were reported in the province of Ryanggang, which borders China, prompting the authorities to close off certain areas, as reported by state media the day prior.

In case reports, North Korea uses the term “fever patients” rather than “Covid patients,” likely due to a lack of testing capacity.

The new cases were “suspected of being infected with the malignant epidemic,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday, just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid-19.

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On Friday, however, it was revealed that the illnesses were not caused by Covids after all; the area was no longer under quarantine.

KCNA reported, citing information from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters, that all fever cases in Ryanggang Province were caused by influenza.

Those who had fevers were able to return to normal temperature after treatment.

Despite maintaining a strict blockade since the beginning of the pandemic, the impoverished country confirmed an Omicron outbreak in Pyongyang in May.

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After becoming ill himself during the outbreak, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared victory this month and ordered the removal of the country’s “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system.”

According to state media, there have been nearly 4.8 million cases of “fever” in North Korea, but only 74 deaths. This corresponds to an official fatality rate of 0.002%.

Pyongyang’s Covid data and its claims to have brought the outbreak under control have been contested by experts and the World Health Organization for quite some time.

Experts agree that North Korea has one of the worst healthcare systems in the world. There are very few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs available.

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It has accused South Korea of being responsible for the outbreak and threatened “retaliation.”

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