The quarantine authorities evaluated today (16th) that the North Korean Corona 19 situation could be much more serious than what was officially announced.

Regarding aid to North Korea, he said that he had a significant reserve of vaccines and that treatment should be taken after clearing the priority for domestic use.

Son Young-rae, head of the social strategy division of the Central Accident Resolving Headquarters, answered a related question at the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters back briefing today. Relationships are important," he explained.

Director Sohn said, "Considering the supply in the second half of the year, there is a considerable reserve of vaccines in stock, so if negotiations with North Korea go well, there will be no difficulty in supporting vaccines. do,” he said.

"The situation is not progressing enough to specify the type of vaccine to be supplied to North Korea," Son added.

The quarantine authorities believe that the actual situation will be much more serious than the currently announced Corona 19 situation because North Korea has hardly any vaccination or diagnostic testing systems.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea reported 390,000 new cases of fever and 8 deaths as of yesterday, and the cumulative death toll has risen to 50 since the end of last month.

Director Sohn said, "It seems that North Korea is judging patients with only symptoms without diagnostic tests." can," he said.

Director Sohn said, "Managing confirmed cases based on symptoms does not prevent the spread of infection to the surrounding area by asymptomatic or early asymptomatic patients," he said. I did.

Director Sohn said that even with Omicron, the fatality rate is very high if early diagnosis and vaccination effects are not combined. will,” he added.

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