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Kim Jong Un Blames ‘Irresponsible’ Officials for Covid Outbreak

  • North Korean leader hosts another emergency meeting Sunday
  • Death toll rises to 50 in country that has refused vaccines
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, Kim Jong Un visits a pharmacy in Pyongyang on May 15.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, Kim Jong Un visits a pharmacy in Pyongyang on May 15.

Source: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP Photo

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held an emergency meeting over a Covid-19 outbreak sweeping the unvaccinated country and causing one of the biggest crises under his rule, reprimanding cadres for failing to execute his public health orders.

At the meeting, North Korea reported 392,920 new “fever cases” and eight new deaths nationwide in a 24-hour period ending 6 p.m. Sunday, the state’s official Korean Central News Agency reported. Since late April, 50 people have died and the total number of people reportedly infected topped 1.2 million, of which at least 564,860 are under medical treatment, it said in a Monday report.