North Korea reported the first corona cases in the country last week. According to Pyongyang, millions of people are now infected. Dictator Kim Jong Un blames senior officials. In order to get the virus under control, he wants to wake up the state party "like an active volcano".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sharply criticized his officials in view of the worsening corona outbreak. At a meeting of the ruling party's political bureau on Tuesday, Kim said the "non-positive attitude, carelessness and inaction of senior state officials" are contributing to the state's inability to deal with the crisis, according to state news agency KCNA.
The internationally isolated country had reported corona cases for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic last week. Kim then ordered nationwide lockdowns and ordered the military to support the ailing healthcare system. According to the KCNA, almost 3,000 military medics are deployed to ensure the supply of medicines.
According to the latest reports, the number of known cases exceeded 1.7 million, and KCNA put the number of deaths at 62. Kim announced that he would "awaken the entire party like an active volcano" to combat the spread of the virus, according to KCNA. According to state media, his family donated medicines that were distributed in southern Hwanghae Province. Kim wanted to underline his personal commitment to fighting the outbreak.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is "deeply concerned about the risk of further spread of Covid-19 in the country," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He noted that "the population is unvaccinated and has many underlying diseases that put them at risk of serious illness and death."