WHO verifying N. Korea's Covid-19 data amid outbreak

by IANS |

Seoul, May 25 (IANS) The WHO is checking suspected Covid-19 data released by North Korea after the secretive country shared related information on its virus outbreak, the UN agency's report showed on Wednesday.

The North reported to WHO of more than 1.62 million people with fever and 23 associated deaths between May 13 and 18, according to the organisation's latest regional Covid-19 situation report.

The report, however, noted the North has not provided the case definitions for the figures and that the agency is "currently in the process of verifying Covid-19 data" from Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported.

It added that there was no information on Covid-19 vaccinations in the country.

It said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the organisation's Regional Director of Southeast Asia, sent a letter to the North Korean Ambassador in New Delhi on May 16 to propose support for the country in its fight against the virus.

On May 12, the North confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 after claiming to be free of the virus for more than two years.

Its state media has been reporting daily Covid-19 related data, with more than 115,000 new fever cases recorded on Tuesday, raising the total number of such cases since late April to more than three million.

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