August 12, 2022: -On Thursday, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un revealed victory in the battle against Covid, with the leader’s sister declaring he is suffering from fever and vowing “deadly retaliation” against South Korea, which it says for causing the outbreak.
Kim says that a lifting of maximum anti-epidemic measures imposed in May, adding that North Korea must maintain a “steel-strong anti-epidemic barrier and intensify the anti-epidemic work until the global health crisis ends,” says a report by state news agency KCNA.
North Korea never revealed the number of people who caught Covid, which lacks testing supplies. Instead, it reported daily numbers of rage patients, making some 4.77 million but has registered no new such cases since July 29.
Kim Yo Jong, Kim’s sister, said the young leader is suffering from fever symptoms, according to KCNA, which indicates that he might have been infected with the virus initially.
“Even though he was very sick with a high fever, he could not lie down for a moment thinking regarding the people he delivered to take care of until the end in the face of the anti-epidemic war,” she said on Wednesday.
North Korean defectors and activists in the South had for decades sent balloons that carried anti-Pyongyang leaflets to the North, alongside food, medicine, money, and different things.
Kim Yo Jong blamed Seoul’s recent government on President Yoon Suk-yeol’s seeking to lift a 2020 ban on those campaigns, which call it an “invariable principal enemy.”
“We cannot overlook the uninterrupted influx of rubbish from South Korea,” she added, threatening to “wipe out” Seoul’s authorities. “Our countermeasure must be a deadly retaliatory one.”
South Korea’s Unification Ministry is expressing regret regarding North Korea’s stating that letters from defectors were responsible for the Covid outbreak and the threats Pyongyang made, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.