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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un declared “victory” over the coronavirus on Thursday, after his sister announced that the North Korean leader was suffering from a “high fever” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kim blamed the outbreak on South Korea and vowed revenge against his neighbor. His sister, Kim Yo Jong, did not fully confirm that her brother had the virus, but said he was “seriously ill” and had a “high fever.”
“Even though he was seriously ill with high fever, he could not sleep for a moment to think about the people he had to take care of until the end in the face of the anti-epidemic war,” he said on North Korean television. .
North Korea has never provided data on how many of its citizens have been infected with COVID. That depends on the daily number of patients suffering from the flu, which has reached 47.7 million, according to Reuters.
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Yo Jong cited South Korean leaflets and propaganda found near the border as the cause of the outbreak.
“We can no longer ignore the unabated influx of garbage from South Korea,” he said. “Our countermeasure must be deadly retaliation.”
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Experts have played down reports of Pyongyang’s victory over Covid, however, as cases came to an abrupt halt on July 28. Official government figures put the COVID death rate at just 0.0016% or 74 out of 4.77 million in the country. Reuters.