Pyongyang had declared a “maximum emergency” due to the recent outbreak of the Crown, and media state officials reported that more than 4.5 million people had contracted the “fever” as the authorities called “Covid 19”, and 73 people had died.
This week, the official central Korean news agency reported a new “severe intestinal outbreak” in the southwestern province of Hwanghae and leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to “contain the outbreak as soon as possible.”
In what may be an indication of the seriousness of the situation, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, was among the senior officials who personally donated drugs to provide assistance, it was officially announced.
And the Korean central news agency said on Friday that the medicines will be distributed to “more than 800 families affected by this serious epidemic that has spread. in some parts of southern Hwanghae province “.
This number means that at least 1,600 people have contracted the disease.
This information has raised speculation that this unspecified disease could be cholera or typhus.
If the outbreak is confirmed, it could exacerbate the country’s chronic food shortage as Southern Hwanghae Province is one of North Korea’s major agricultural regions.
Experts have warned of a dangerous health situation in the country in case of the spread of the Crown, as its healthcare system is one of the worst in the world.
“Given the crumbling medical infrastructure in the north, acute bowel disease could spread in any moment, “South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said, citing an official from the Unification ministry in Seoul.
“AFP” quoted the source as saying Seoul has expressed its willingness to help North Korea deal with the spread of the new epidemic.
South Korea had already offered to send vaccines / help North Korea deal with the Corona epidemic and Pyongyang has not officially responded to these proposals.