North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, proclaimed a “resounding victory” over Covid-19 on Wednesday, after almost two weeks without any officially recorded cases.
North Korea, one of the first countries in the world to close its borders in January 2020 after the Covid-19 virus emerged in neighboring China, has long boasted of its ability to guard against the virus.
“The victory won by our people is a historic event that once again showed the world the greatness of our state, the indomitable tenacity of our people and the fine national customs of which we are proud,” the North Korean leader King Jong Un said, as quoted by the official KCNA news agency.
No new cases since July 29
Pyongyang announced its first case of the coronavirus on May 12, and Kim Jong Un has taken personal action in the fight against the outbreak.
Since July 29, Pyongyang has reported no new cases.
North Korea has recorded nearly 4.8 million infections since late April, with just 74 deaths, an official case fatality rate of 0.002%, according to KCNA.