7 votes A day after admitting COVID-19 outbreak, North Korea says nearly 190,000 people in quarantine Posted May 13 by cfabbro Tags: north korea, coronaviruses.covid19, quarantine, lockdown, vaccines, outbreaks, korean central news agency, author.kim tong hyung, author.hyung jin kim https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/north-korea-covid-spread-deaths-1.6451670 Link information This data is scraped automatically and may be incorrect. Published May 13 2022 Word count 931 words 2 comments Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK  cfabbro (OP) May 15 Link Update: North Korea reports 21 new fever deaths amid country's 1st COVID-19 outbreak (CBC) Update: North Korea reports 21 new fever deaths amid country's 1st COVID-19 outbreak (CBC) North Korea on Saturday reported 21 new deaths and 174,440 more people with fever symptoms as the country scrambles to slow the spread of COVID-19 across its unvaccinated population. The new deaths and cases, which were from Friday, increased total numbers to 27 deaths and 524,440 illnesses amid a rapid spread of fever since late April. North Korea said 243,630 people had recovered and 280,810 remained in quarantine. State media didn't specify how many of the fever cases and deaths were confirmed as COVID-19 infections. The country imposed what it described as maximum preventive measures on Thursday after confirming its first COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. It had previously held for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world. cfabbro (OP) May 16 Link Parent Another update: North Korea tally surpasses 1 million sick amid COVID-19 surge (CBC) Another update: North Korea tally surpasses 1 million sick amid COVID-19 surge (CBC) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections, as his nation struggled to contain what it's referring to as a "fever" that has reportedly killed dozens and sickened nearly a million others in a span of three days. Last week, North Korea acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak for the first time and imposed a nationwide lockdown. Since then, the death toll has reached 50 and more than 1.2 million are feared sick. That's a jump from last Friday, when six deaths were reported and 350,000 said to be ill. Kim has acknowledged that the fast-spreading fever, highly likely driven by COVID-19, is causing "great upheaval" in the country, and outside experts say the true scale of the outbreak is likely much bigger than what's described in the state-controlled media. Some suspect that North Korea has understated its fatalities or illnesses to shield Kim's leadership from criticism. The North likely lacks test kits and other tools to detect virus carriers with no or mild symptoms, which means that several million might already have been infected. "When people die, North Korean authorities will say they've died of overwork or from natural deaths, not because of COVID-19," said Nam Sung-wook, a professor at Korea University in South Korea. Nam said the North is likely understating the death toll to protect "the dignity of its supreme leader."