North Korea’s Kim Jong-un wins COVID battle

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un wins COVID battle

On May 17, 2022, a worker in protective gear stands on an empty sidewalk in Pyongyang, the DPRK, according to a photo provided by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea government. SEOUL NEW DELHI TOKYO - Democratic People's Republic of Korea's Kim Jong-un declared victory in the battle against COVID - 19 on Thursday.

According to a report by the state news agency KCNA, Kim ordered a lifting of maximum anti-epidemic measures imposed in May, and added that North Korea must maintain a strong anti-epidemic barrier and intensify anti-epidemic work until the end of the global health crisis.

A health worker administers the Covishield vaccine for COVID 19 at a vaccination center in Hyderabad, India on July 15, 2022. AP India said on Wednesday that Biological E's COVID 19 vaccine Corbevax can be administered as a booster dose in people who have taken Covaxin and AstraZeneca's Covishield from Friday.

Corbevax will be available as a precautionary booster for over 18 months after a second dose, the health ministry said in an Aug 8 letter to state authorities and shared with reporters on Wednesday.

Covishield is produced for the Indian market by the Serum Institute of India under license from AstraZeneca, while Bharat Biotech makes Covaxin.

India has administered more than 2 billion COVID 19 vaccine shots, including 113 million boosters, all of which have so far been of the same vaccine as the recipient's first two doses. Around 89 percent of Indians over the age of 12 have had two doses, according to the government.

More than 44 million deaths are related to coronaviruses and 526,826 related deaths, according to the country of nearly 1.4 billion people. The actual numbers are believed to be many times higher.

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk near a landmark lion statue of a department store that wears a mask in the Ginza shipping area of Tokyo on July 28, 2022. Fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron BA. The daily tally surpassed the previous record of 249,830 on Aug 3. There were 251 new deaths linked to COVID 19 in the United States.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms went up by 16 from Tuesday to 597, much less than last summer's peak when serious cases exceeded 2,000 for weeks.

There were record daily counts of new infections in Japan's 47 prefectures. The Tokyo metropolitan government reported 34,243 new coronaviruses cases on Wednesday, while Osaka and Aichi prefectures logged 23,730 and 18,862 cases respectively.