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N. Korean, Russian officials meet over COVID cooperation, WHO concerned
Updated: 2022-05-18 13:30:44 KST

The 'fever' outbreak in North Korea is showing no sign of slowing down.
It reported over two-hundred-32-thousand new cases on Tuesday with six more deaths.
That brings the total to over one.seven million and 62 deaths as of 6 PM, Tuesday.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday, that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discussed ways to tackle the virus nationwide during a politburo meeting.
There, he again criticized his leading officials for failing to deal with the outbreak in its early stages, therefore, revealing the North's vulnerabilities.
The KCNA also reported that Kim has donated his first batch of family medical supplies for those in need in Hwanghaenam-do Province.
He had earlier promised to do this in an apparent attempt to avoid possible public unrest that could hurt Kim politically.
As infections skyrocket, the North has reached out to one of its closest allies.
North Korea's Ambassador to Russia, Sin Hong-chul, met on Tuesday with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov in Moscow.
They discussed ways to contain the virus as well as other bilateral issues.
The World Health Organization is also concerned about the situation.
The WHO's Emergencies Director, Mike Ryan, said Tuesday that it's certainly worrying if countries like North Korea are not using the available tools such as vaccines.
He added, there's always a higher risk of new variants if there's unchecked transmission.
But according to the organization, North Korea has not yet officially reported the outbreak to the WHO.
LEE Ji-yoon, Arirang News.
Reporter : jiyoonjlee@arirang.co.kr