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WHO ready to support DPR Korea battle COVID-19 infections

 (FMNews) -The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that it is committed to helping the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), respond to COVID-19, after its first declared infection was reported in the media there.

Responding to a question from UN News, WHO said it was in touch with the authorities in DPRK but has yet to receive an official report from the country’s health ministry.

Edwin Salvador, the WHO Representative to the country, also known as North Korea, said that the UN agency had supported the country in developing its national preparedness and response plan for COVID-19.



 State media saying an Omicron variant had been detected in the capital, Pyongyang.

Along with its partners – including the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and GAVI, the vaccine alliance – WHO has supported North Korea in developing a COVID-19 vaccine deployment plan.

The sub-region recorded 46,271 cases last week, marking a 32 per cent increase over the week before, largely driven by a spike in South Africa, where weekly cases have quadrupled over the past 21 days.

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