N. Korea’s new suspected COVID-19 cases stay below 20,000 for 2nd day: state media

SEOUL, North Korea’s new suspected COVID-19 cases remained below 20,000 for the second consecutive day, according to its state media Monday.

More than 18,820 people showed symptoms of fever over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

It did not provide information on whether additional deaths have been reported. As of last Wednesday, the death toll stood at 73, with a fatality rate of 0.002 percent.

The total number of fever cases since late April came to over 4.63 million as of 6 p.m. Sunday, of which more than 4.6 million have recovered, and at least 31,540 are being treated, it added.

On May 12, North Korea disclosed its first COVID-19 case after claiming to be coronavirus-free for over two years. The country’s daily fever tally has been on a downward trend after peaking at over 392,920 on May 15.

Source: Yonhap News Agency