North Korea marks end of first COVID wave, but risks persist


North Korea says all of its fever patients have recovered, marking the end of its first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

While state media said the “anti-epidemic situation … has entered a definite phase of stability”, rather than boasting of victory, North Korea said it would “redouble efforts to maintain perfection in the execution of state anti-epidemic policies”.

However, analysts say challenges still linger with economic hardships deepening and an unvaccinated population exposed to future resurgences.

The reclusive country has never confirmed how many people caught COVID-19, but it said around 4.77 million fever patients have fully recovered and 74 died since late April.

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