June 03, 2023

WHO plans to send oxygen treatment units to North Korea to treat ‘severe’ COVID

Health body receives sanctions exemption for hundreds of units, signaling possible rise in virus cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to send hundreds of oxygen treatment units to North Korea, a sign that suggests severe COVID-19 cases may be rising in the country, according to an expert.

The WHO requested the shipment on April 25, just 11 days before Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus announced that COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency.