Kim criticizes NKorea's COVID-19 relief measures

16 May 2022
2022-05-16 08:57

North Korea reported on Monday eight new deaths and 392,920 more people with fever symptoms amid a growing COVID-19 outbreak. The eight new deaths reported on Sunday brought its death toll to 50.

The latest figures came 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 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 were currently under quarantine.

The Politburo had issued an emergency order to immediately release and quickly distribute state medicine reserves and for pharmacies to switch over to 24-hour shifts.

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