N.Korea: More than 800 families affected by outbreak of an intestinal epidemic

North Korea says more than 800 households have been affected by an outbreak of an intestinal epidemic in the country's southwest.

The ruling Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, issued the report in its Friday edition. It first reported the outbreak of what it calls "an acute enteric epidemic" on Thursday. The affected families are reported to be living in some areas of South Hwanghae Province, including the city of Haeju.

The newspaper did not name the disease or reveal its symptoms. South Korea's Yonhap News Agency suggests it could be typhoid or cholera.

Friday's Rodong Sinmun reported that leading party officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong, are planning to send boxes of medicine prepared by their families to households in the affected areas later in the day. It carried a photo of Kim Yo Jong handing a box of medicine to an unidentified person.

The newspaper earlier reported that families in the areas had received bags of medicine prepared by Kim Jong Un's family. It stated that some of the recipients shed tears, as they thanked the leader for his warm love.

Observers say North Korean officials are hoping to show that they care about people, as they continue to tackle the spread of what is believed to be the coronavirus.