North Korea holds mask-free event days after declaring ‘victory’ over Covid-19

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North Korean state-run media aired footage of a mask-free event honouring Korean war veterans on July 26, 2022, mere days after Pyongyang declared that its fast-spreading “fever” outbreak was nearly over. For much of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the reclusive nation has claimed that Covid-19 cases did not exist within its borders. In mid-May, it declared an emergency because of fast-spreading “fever cases”. One month later, state media announced that the country was nearly free of infections.

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