May 26, 2024

Experts cast doubt on Pyongyang’s self-declared victory over COVID

Case and death numbers likely well below true total as country promotes alternative treatments over vaccines

Since announcing its first case COVID-19 on May 12, North Korea has reported nearly 3 million cases of “fever,” a likely stand-in for the virus, but just 68 related deaths

Now the country is boasting of victory over an outbreak of a disease that took other countries years to conquer. But while medical experts who spoke with NK News said the country’s recommended treatment regimens makes some sense, they raised questions about the numbers and narrative coming out of Pyongyang. 

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