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According to South Korea news website Daily North Korea, the country’s central emergency disease control command found that, as of May 30, 865 people had been placed in state-designated facilities after suffering from symptoms ranging from fevers, coughing and breathing issues. A report obtained by Daily NK shows that 212 of those quarantined are in North Pyongan Province, 65 in South Pyongan Province, 140 in North Hamgyong Province, 80 in South Hamgyong Province, 123 in Chagang Province, 77 in Ryanggang Province, 32 in South Hwanghae Province, nine in North Hwanghae Province, and 29 in Kangwon Province. There are also 37 people in quarantine facilities in Nampo and another 61 in Rason.
So far, nobody in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang has been reported to have been placed in isolation facilities.
The reason being as any Pyongyang residents suspected of having a COVID-19 infection were then moved to quarantine facilities in South Pyongan Province or Nampo Special City.
The source that informed Daily NK mentioned that the report “did not account for people with suspected “light” symptoms of the coronavirus who are self-isolating at home; those with COVID-19 symptoms suffering from preexisting medical conditions; or the number of soldiers currently in quarantine.”
“This suggests there may be many more suspected COVID-19 cases the report failed to take into account,” the source added.
All 865 people who have been mentioned in the report are currently quarantined in range of motels, resorts and education-related facilities.
People showing severe symptoms are reportedly being given fever reducers, drugs to treat tuberculosis, and cold medicine.
The source said that there were no cases in which these drugs had any effect.
“There’s little chance the medicines would have much effect because they’re just handing them out without much consideration of the severity of the symptoms people are suffering from.”
“There’s really no medicines to treat the disease,” the source said.
It’s also been reported that North Korean quarantine facilities are failing to provide proper amounts of food.
Some well-to-do people in quarantine have reportedly requested their families to send them food, but bringing in outside food is not always permitted.
Like with most cases, individuals in North Korea who have weak immune systems and have then contract COVID-19 have ended up dying.
Around 60 percent of the people who have been quarantined since the start of the pandemic have been released from isolation facilities and 35 percent of those released from the facilities have died.
It is, therefore, to be assumed that more than 5,000 people released from isolation have ended up dying in North Korea.
Although, North Korea still claims that the country has no confirmed COVID-19 cases.
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Many believe that since January, North Korea has quarantined a total of more than 15,000 people suffering from fevers, coughing and breathing problems.
North Pyongan is the province with the largest number of people being quarantined.
A reason why could be down to the fact, that many of the cities within the region are close to the Chinese border.
It’s thought that many people from North Korea who have returned from China may have neem in contact with others, thus putting others at risk.
Meanwhile, Chagang Province has quarantined a total of 3,280 people while North Hamgyong Province has isolated 2,490 people.
South Hamgyong Province has reportedly placed a total of 1,522 people into quarantine facilities.
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