North Korea’s coronavirus-free claim aroused skepticism | News from the world


North Korea remains completely free of the coronavirus, a senior health official in Pyongyang said, despite growing skepticism over the claim, with known cases of infection exceeding a million worldwide.

The already isolated and nuclear-armed north quickly closed its borders after the first detection of the virus in neighboring China in January and imposed strict containment measures.

Pak Myong Su, director of the central emergency epidemic headquarters in the north, insisted that the efforts had been successful. “So far, not a single person has been infected with the new coronavirus,” Pak told AFP.

“We have taken preventive and scientific measures such as inspections and quarantine of all personnel entering our country and thoroughly disinfecting all goods, as well as the closing of borders and the blocking of sea and air routes.”

Almost every other country in the world has reported cases of coronavirus. Apart from China, South Korea suffered one of the worst early outbreaks.


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