‘Real concern’ for ‘impoverished’ North Koreans as COVID-19 spreads like ‘wildfire’

North Korea’s lack of access to basic health care is a “real concern” as COVID-19 spreads through a country where only wealthy Pyongyang elites can get treatment, says Michelle Ye Hee Lee of The Washington Post. .

It comes as North Korea overnight has reported more than 230,000 suspected cases of COVID-19 and six other deaths.

Leader Kim Jong Un accused health officials of “immaturity” and “negligence” in containing the outbreak.

Ms. Ye Hee Lee said that the nation has been “very determined” to keep COVID away to prevent an outbreak.

“He has been worried that it could spread like wildfire across the country, which it appears to be doing now,” Ms Ye Hee Lee told Sky News Australia.

“The real concern in North Korea is the lack of infrastructure and access to medicine and access to health care.

“Apart from the capital city of Pyongyang, where the wealthiest and most elite residents are really, the rest of the country is quite impoverished and they don’t have adequate access to health care.”

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