Chaos in North Korea

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Chaos in North Korea

#1 Post by OFSO » Tue May 17, 2022 7:05 pm

The 'fever' in the North continues to rage, as N Korea today recorded 269,510 additional cases and six more deaths, bringing the total number killed to 56 since late last month. About 1.48 million people have become ill with the virus since the first case was reported last Thursday and at least 663,910 people were in quarantine, according to official figures. The outbreak is almost certainly greater than the official tally, given a lack of tests and resources to monitor and treat the sick.

A significant Covid-19 outbreak could unleash a humanitarian crisis in North Korea, where the economy has been battered by the pandemic-enforced closure of its border with China – its main trading partner – natural disasters, and years of international sanctions imposed in response to ballistic missile tests.

The regime is not thought to have vaccinated any of its population and does not have access to antiviral drugs that have been used to treat Covid-19 in other countries. Its hospitals have few intensive-care resources to treat severe cases, and widespread malnourishment has made the population of 26 million more susceptible to serious illness.

Some observers speculated that authorities were deliberately underreporting cases to ease the pressure on Kim.

North Korea has tested just 64,200 people since the start of the pandemic’s start, according to the World Health Organization, compared with 172 million in the neighbouring South.

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Re: Chaos in North Korea

#2 Post by John Hill » Tue May 17, 2022 7:16 pm

OFSO wrote:
Tue May 17, 2022 7:05 pm
...and years of international sanctions imposed in response to ballistic missile tests.

Is that really true? Sanctions have been imposed on North Korea since 1950!
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Re: Chaos in North Korea

#3 Post by Dushan » Tue May 17, 2022 8:02 pm

OFSO is referring to the "double secret sanctions".

Because they stand on the wall and say "nothing's gonna hurt you tonight, not on my watch".

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