Comorbidity Kim Had COVID, State Media

North Korean state media confirmed Tuesday that leader Kim Jong-un had COVID-19.

At a glance

  • Kim is overweight and smokes, which would make him widely considered to have comorbidity factors, two conditions making one more susceptible to dying form illness.
  • Outbreak of virus over past several months sent country into lockdown
  • Kim’s sister earlier this month said leader had ‘fever’ during pandemic.
  • The term “high fever” is used by Pyongyang to refer to COVID

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