SEOUL, South Korea ( Associated Press) — Six people have died and nearly 190,000 are in quarantine following the rapid spread of a febrile illness in North Korea in recent weeks, the state news agency reported Friday, a day after country recognized for the first time an outbreak of COVID-19 in a population.
The Korean Central News Agency said more than 350,000 people were treated for the fever that has spread “explosively” across the country since late April and 162,200 people have recovered. He said 187,800 people are being isolated for treatment after 18,000 people with fever symptoms were detected on Thursday alone.
It was not immediately clear how many of the cases were COVID-19, and the country likely lacks testing supplies. North Korea said one of the six people who died was confirmed to be infected with the omicron variant.
Experts say failure to stop the spread could have serious consequences, as the country has a poor health system and its 26 million people are believed to be largely unvaccinated.
The ACNC said President Kim Jong Un was briefed on the fever during his visit to the state anti-pandemic system headquarters on Thursday and criticized officials for failing to prevent “a vulnerable point in the epidemic prevention system.”
He said the spread of the fever has been centered around the capital Pyongyang, stressing the importance of isolating all work, production and residential units from other areas, while providing residents with all the comforts to curb the spread of the virus. “malignant virus.”