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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly terminated multiple senior party officials citing a “grave incident” that caused an imminent threat to public safety.
  • “In neglecting important decisions by the party that called for organisational, material and science and technological measures to support prolonged anti-epidemic work in face of a global health crisis, the officials in charge have caused a grave incident that created a huge crisis for the safety of the country and its people,” Kim said.
  • North Korea has not reported a single confirmed case of COVID-19, according to World Health Organization data.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly terminated multiple senior party officials citing a “grave incident” that caused an imminent threat to public safety. 

"In neglecting important decisions by the party that called for [organizational], material and science and technological measures to support prolonged anti-epidemic work in face of a global health crisis, the officials in charge have caused a grave incident that created a huge crisis for the safety of the country and its people," Kim said, according to state news agency KCNA, per The Guardian

The news agency reportedly did not offer specifics regarding the nature of the alleged lapse, though experts say North Korea would never own up to an COVID-19 outbreak. 

"There is no possibility that North Korea will ever admit to an infection — even if there were mass transmissions, the North will definitely not reveal such developments and will continue to push forward an anti-virus campaign it has claimed to be the greatest," Hong Min, a senior analyst at Seoul’s Korea Institute for National Unification, told The Associated Press

"But it’s also clear that something significant happened and it was big enough to warrant a reprimanding of senior officials," Hong continued. "This could mean mass infections or some sort of situation where a lot of people were put at direct risk of infections."


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North Korea has not reported a single confirmed case of COVID-19, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. A WHO report in early June indicated that the country has tested more than 30,000 citizens, and although 149 people had “influenza-like illness and/or severe acute respiratory infections,” no positive coronavirus cases were recorded. 

The country reportedly took swift action early in the pandemic by closing its border to neighboring China and issued a shoot-to-kill order for violators, according to The New York Times. Further, the state executed an official for violating a trade ban meant to combat the global virus, The Times reported. 


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Meanwhile, state run news agencies have challenged the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and warned citizens that the current shots might not offer protections against emerging variants, NK News reported.

"The vaccines that are currently being distributed may not be able to protect people from the virus spreading or new strains of the virus after all as experts are warning that COVID-19 will continue to evolve for the next few years," the party-run Rodong Sinmun reported, according to NK News.


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Published on Jun 30, 2021