North Korea claims to be free of COVID-19

With the global pandemic affecting countries all across, concerns about it affecting North Korea as well has put to rest by a senior health official in Pyongyang who has insisted that North Korea remains totally free of the coronavirus.

North Korea has a very limited interaction with the world and has been already isolated to a significant extent. The minimal of interaction that it has with the world was also restricted with the country closing its borders in January, after the virus outbreak in neighbouring China.

Pak Myong Su, Director of the Anti-Epidemic Department of the North’s Central Emergency Anti-Epidemic Headquarters said, “Not one single person has been infected with the novel coronavirus in our country so far”. “We have carried out pre-emptive and scientific measures such as inspections and quarantine for all personnel entering our country and thoroughly disinfecting all goods, as well as closing borders and blocking sea and air lanes”, he added.

Despite North Korea’s claim, scepticism surfaces regarding the nations vulnerability to COVID-19 because of its weak medical system and experts are of the view that Pyongyang is hiding the outbreak.

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