Weekend Reads: COVID-19: North Korea affirms that all the patients in the country are "healed"

One of Asia's fiercest soccer rivalries has become one-sided

  One of Asia's fiercest soccer rivalries has become one-sided SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An Asian soccer rivalry unlike no other is starting to become one-sided. South Korea has defeated Japan 42 times and lost just 16 matches. But Japan has won its last two matches against its regional foes by 3-0 score lines in the past 18 months, including a match this week in Japan. When Japan made its first World Cup appearance in 1998, South Korea was playing in its fifth tournament. The South Koreans reached the semifinals in 2002 when the two countries co-hosted and remains the best performance by any Asian team at the World Cup. In 2018, however, Japan advanced to the knockout stages while South Korea failed to advance from group play.

The North Korean regime has long boasted of its ability to protect itself from the virus.

  Covid-19 : la Corée du Nord affirme que tous les malades du pays sont © supplied by Franceinfo

Is this a way of doing propaganda? North Korea has not reported on Friday August 5 of any "suffering from fever" for the seventh consecutive day and therefore affirms that all the people who have suffered from COVVI-19 in the country are now cured.

North Korea, one of the first countries in the world to close its borders in January 2020 after the appearance of Sars-Cov-2 in China, has long boasted of its ability to protect itself from the virus. Pyongyang announced his first COVID-19 on May 12 and Kim Jong-un personally took control of the fight against the epidemic.

North Korea has officially recorded almost 4.8 million cases since the end of April, with only 74 deaths, an official lethal rate of 0.002%, according to the official KCNA agency. At the end of May, Pyongyang said it started to see "progress" in the control of the epidemic, which however doubts several experts in the North Korean dictatorship.

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