U.S. President Joe Biden said Saturday in Seoul that North Korea has not responded to a U.S. offer of Covid-19 vaccines as Pyongyang's state media claimed the country is turning the corner in its first acknowledged outbreak.
North Korea reported 260,000 new cases of people with fever symptoms on Wednesday as its Covid-19 outbreak spreads.
North Korea has requested emergency medical supplies from China as it grapples with its first big wave of Covid-19 cases, according to sources in China.
Almost 300,000 more people came down with symptoms of Covid-19 in North Korea as the country entered the fourth day of a draconian nationwide lockdown aimed at stopping its first officially acknowledged Covid-19 outbreak, according to state media.
The Defense Ministry announced Thursday that it will launch a probe of what led to the Covid-19 outbreak aboard the Munmu the Great destroyer, which infected 271 crewmembers airlifted back to Korea on Tuesday.
Twenty-three additional crewmembers from the 34th contingent of Cheonghae unit tested positive for Covid-19 upon their return to Korea on Tuesday as the military faces criticism for failing to prevent the outbreak on the Munmu the Great destroyer.
Following a Covid-19 outbreak on a Navy destroyer stationed in eastern Africa that infected an overwhelming majority of the crew, Defense Minister Suh Wook apologized for the military's failure to protect service members overseas.
The worst fears of health experts and military officials came true over the weekend as the Covid-19 outbreak aboard the Munmu the Great destroyer spread to a total 247 crewmembers aboard, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) on Monday.
A Covid-19 outbreak reported aboard a Navy destroyer in the Gulf of Aden has spread to 68 crewmembers, prompting an unprecedented early return of the ship and an airlift of its entire crew back to Korea, according to military officials on Sunday.
Shares closed nearly flat on Wednesday as investor sentiment was spooked by increasing Covid-19 cases in the country. The won fell against the dollar.