Pyongyang has not confirmed how many people tested positive for Covid. But state media said around 4.77 million fever patients have fully recovered and 74 have died since late April, which is a fatality rate of 0.002% - the lowest in the world. Many experts find these statistics hard to believe. North Korea has one of the worst healthcare systems in the world, and has no Covid-19 treatment drugs or vaccines, experts say.
In contrast, South Korea - which has an advanced healthcare system and a highly vaccinated population - has a reported Covid fatality rate of 0.12%, according to official data.