North Korean bully Kim Jong Un has claimed victory over COVID-19 as his sister said he suffered from a fever during his ‘epochal’ campaign to rid the country of the deadly virus – the first acknowledgment that the despot could have been hit.
Kim Yo Yong has also vowed “deadly” retaliation against South Korea, blaming the capitalist nation for causing the outbreak.
Kim Jong Un, addressing a national meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea on Wednesday, hailed the “great victory brought by the Korean-style advantageous socialist system” and ordered the lifting of anti-coronavirus measures.
But Kim added that the hermit kingdom must maintain a “strong steel anti-epidemic barrier and step up anti-epidemic work until the global health crisis is over”, propagandist Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday.
“For a country that has yet to administer a single shot of vaccine, our success in overcoming the spread of the disease in such a short time and restoring public health security and making our country a clean and virus-free zone is an incredible miracle that would be recorded in global public health history,” KCNA quoted Kim as recounting the gathering.
His sister, who is in charge of inter-Korean relations, also addressed officials and called the country’s success in dealing with COVID an “incredible miracle”.
Kim Yo Yong went on to praise her brother, saying in remarks broadcast on state television, “Even though he was seriously ill with a high fever, he couldn’t lie down for a moment thinking about the things. people he had to take care of until the end in the face of the anti-epidemic war.
Kim Yo Yong also addressed South Korean activists who sent leaflets criticizing the Stalinist regime in North Korea via balloons.
“The (South Korean) puppets are always pushing leaflets and dirty objects into our territory. We must counter it with firmness,” she said. “We have already considered various counter-action plans, but our counter-measure must be lethal retaliation.”
North Korea, which cannot afford large-scale testing or a vaccination program, has never confirmed how many of its people have caught the coronavirus.
He said as many as 4.7 million people had had a “fever”, but no new cases had been recorded since July 29.
North Korea reported its first case of COVID-19 in May and immediately locked down cities and towns, a reaction reminiscent of its decision to seal its borders when the virus first emerged in 2020.
The Lancet medical journal said in June that limited testing in North Korea made it difficult to determine the size of the outbreak in the country of more than 25 million.
“However, in a highly unusual move, authorities released detailed statistics on ‘fever’ cases. These cases peaked on May 15, with almost 400,000 new cases reported, followed by a steady decline to around 100. 000 new cases per day by the end of the month,” the publication states.-19, and not all COVID-19 cases are characterized [sic] by fever.
“There is no way for North Korea’s healthcare system to handle a sudden influx of COVID-19 cases,” a medical expert in the country told The Lancet. “They don’t have enough ventilators, oxygen or basic medication, let alone antivirals. Even in the best hospitals, doctors reuse surgical gloves.”
With post wires
New York Post