N. Korea reports new infectious disease outbreak amid Covid

Seoul, June 16 (IANS) North Korea has reported outbreak of an “acute enteric epidemic” in its southwestern region on Thursday, amidst the Covid wave.

As new suspected Covid-19 cases remained below 30,000, the country announced an outbreak of another infectious disease in Haeju City of South Hwanghae Province, Yonhap reported.

In response, the country’s leader Kim Jong-un sent medicine prepared by his family to the ruling Workers’ Party committee of the city the previous day, it added. The report did not specify the disease.

Kim stressed the need to contain the latest outbreak “at the earliest date possible by taking a well-knit measure to quarantine the suspected cases to thoroughly curb its spread”, according to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) .

He also emphasised confirming cases through “epidemiological examination and scientific tests”, and stepping up efforts for sterilisation of the infected regions which include the county of Kangryong.

KCNA said that more than 26,010 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. It also reported one additional death, with the death toll rising to 73.

The country’s total number of fever cases since late April came to over 4.55 million as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, of which more than 4.51 million have recovered and at least 46,230 are being treated.

The nation’s daily fever tally has been on a downward trend after peaking at over 392,920 on May 15, three days after it disclosed its first Covid case after claiming to be coronavirus-free for over two years.