August 11, 2022

COVID-19 situation in North Korea likely getting ‘worse, not better’: WHO

UN health agency adds that it has yet to receive reliable data from DPRK or response to vaccine offers

The World Health Organization (WHO) has still not received reliable COVID-19 data from North Korea but assumes the virus situation in the country is “getting worse, not better,” an official with the U.N. agency said Wednesday.

The WHO’s assessment runs counter to the DPRK’s recent claim that it is “successfully overcoming” a COVID-19 outbreak that it first reported in early May, with authorities lifting a lockdown in Pyongyang over the weekend after reporting a decline in “fever” cases.