Rising Covid-19 cases in north korea worrying for world: WHO

Rising Covid-19 cases in north korea worrying for world: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern over the Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea.

The health body is deliberating over the rising cases as it signals the emergence of new variants.

Addressing a press conference, WHO’s emergency director Mike Ryan said, “Certainly it’s worrying if countries are not using the tools that are now available,” as he was asked a question regarding the Covid-19 crisis in North Korea, news agency Reuters reported.

The WHO reiterates that there is always a higher risk of new variants emerging, especially where there is an unchecked transmission.

Notably, WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also urged North Korea to share relevant data regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 in North Korea
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“WHO is deeply concerned at the risk of further spread of Covid-19 in the country particularly because the population is unvaccinated and many have underlying conditions putting them at risk of severe disease and death,” Ghebreyesus said.

North Korean authorities have only confirmed a small number of Covid-19 cases. The country has also acknowledged an Omicron variant outbreak last week.

Moreover, experts have also pointed out that most of this mysterious fever could be Covid-19.

North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un also accused officials of “immaturity” and “slackness” in handling Covid-19 across India.

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