- North Korea has recorded its first COVID-19 deaths after the hermit nation reported an “explosive” outbreak that possibly infected over 350,000 people.
- Around 18,000 people experienced new “fever cases” on Thursday alone.
- One of the six people who have died as of Friday was reportedly infected with the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron.
- The country has called the outbreak in Pyongyang a "major national emergency" but has yet to confirm the exact number of confirmed positive cases.
- News of its first-ever COVID-19 death was confirmed after the government imposed “maximum emergency measures,” including a nationwide lockdown, to contain the outbreak in the capital.
- Some experts stated that a significant outbreak could quickly overwhelm North Korea’s poorly equipped health facilities. They also pointed out that only a few of the country’s 25.8 million citizens have been vaccinated.
North Korea has recorded its first COVID-19 deaths after the hermit nation reported an “explosive” outbreak that possibly infected over 350,000 people.
Around 18,000 people in the East Asian country experienced new “fever cases” on Thursday alone. One of the six people who have died as of Friday was reportedly infected with the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron.
An Australian man studying at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea has reportedly been missing since Tuesday.
Earlier reports have originally stated that 29-year-old Alek Sigley was arrested by North Korean authorities. His family, however, has since publicly stated that they have not received any confirmation of his arrest.
An Australian man suspected of selling missile parts and other military technology on behalf of North Korea was arrested by authorities on Dec. 16.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) accused Chan Han Choi, 59, of being an “economic agent” for the nuclear-armed regime by attempting to broker the sale of missile components, software for ballistic missiles and other unidentified North Korean military expertise, The New York Times reported.
North Korean defectors revealed that Kim Jong-Un’s grisly nuclear tests were allegedly performed without informing civilians.
Years of nuclear testing are starting to take its toll on the affected Kilju county in North Korea, according to a defectors who said the region’s underground wells have dried up after the sixth nuclear test and that 80% of the planted trees eventually died off.
American animated movies such as “Cinderella” have made their way to North Korea, debunking the common myth that the state sees nothing but its own produced media.
The Russian Embassy in North Korea released photos of stalls selling such movies in Pyongyang.
North Korea is allegedly giving its construction workers crystal meth in order meet deadlines for a skyscraper project.
Project managers in the country’s capital of Pyongyang are providing their workers with “ice,” also known as crystal meth, in order to finish a project that includes a 70-floor skyscraper and 60 apartment blocks. According to The Telegraph, the project was approved by Kim Jong-un earlier this year in reaction to the sanctions placed on the nation following its nuclear weapons test.