Corona havoc? Fever symptoms in 220,000 more people in North Korea

Corona havoc? Fever symptoms in 220,000 more people in North Korea

Seoul. North Korea said on Saturday that about 220,000 more people had symptoms of fever. At the same time, its leader Kim Jong Un has claimed progress in slowing the spread of covid-19. The country's 2.6 crore population has not taken the dose of anti-Covid-19 vaccine. The spread of the coronavirus has raised concerns about the dire situation in a poor and isolated country with the world's worst healthcare system. Experts say that North Korea is underestimating the true scale of the spread of infection.

According to North Korea's Central News Agency, symptoms of fever were found in about 2,19,030 people in North Korea in 24 hours till 6 pm on Friday. This is an increase of about 2,00,000 cases in fever patients for the fifth consecutive day. North Korea said that more than 2.4 million people have fallen ill and 66 have died due to the rapidly spreading unknown fever since the end of April. Kim also imposed strict restrictions on travel between cities and deployed thousands of troops to help deliver medicines to drug stores in the capital Pyongyang. The capital Pyongyang is the epicenter of this infection.

Kim told a meeting of the ruling party's Politburo on Saturday that the spread of infection in the country was under control. He also indicated relaxation of pandemic restrictions to ease economic troubles. Video released by state media also showed Kim crying during the funeral of top North Korean military official Hyun Chol Hee on Saturday. It is believed that Chol Hei was instrumental in grooming his son Kim as the future leader during the reign of Kim Jong II.

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Sri Lanka is facing an economic crisis and wants to buy oil from Russia, two ministers will visit Russia

Sri Lanka is facing an economic crisis and wants to buy oil from Russia, two ministers will visit Russia

Troubled Sri Lanka is exploring options to buy oil from Russia. A senior minister said on Sunday. Sri Lanka is desperate to replenish its dwindling fuel stocks amid an unprecedented economic crisis due to a severe shortage of foreign exchange reserves. On Sunday, the price of petrol was hiked by LKR 50 and diesel by LKR 60 respectively, which is the third price revision in two months.

State-owned refinery Ceylon Petroleum Corporation on Saturday informed the Sri Lankan government that the move was necessitated after the arrival of fuel shipments was delayed due to banking and logistical reasons. Given the dire scenario, Sri Lanka's Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera stressed that the government is exploring options to buy oil from Russia. He said, “We are looking for diplomatic channels. The last ship to arrive was a Russian ship."

Two ministers to visit Russia on Monday
Wijesekera said on Sunday that our first letter of credit was rejected by international banks because the ship was owned by a Russian company. He said the two ministers are scheduled to visit Russia on Monday to discuss fuel and other diplomatic matters. Let us tell you that last week, the Sri Lankan government approached several companies suggested by the Russian Embassy in Colombo for the purchase of crude oil.

"Meanwhile, the government has also decided to implement a token system for the supply of fuel to the people waiting in the queue at the filling station," Wijesekera said. The minister said, “This program will be implemented from Monday, for which the government has sought the help of the soldiers from the police and the army.”

shortage of essentials in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, due to which food, medicine, cooking gas, and fuel are being sold across the country. There has been a severe shortage of essential commodities like

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