COVID-19 pandemic in North Korea

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COVID-19 pandemic in North Korea
COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in North Korea.svg
Blue means suspected cases
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationNorth Korea
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Confirmed cases0 (disputed)

There are no officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Korea, though foreign analysts believe that the virus has spread to the country.[1]

The North Korean government has taken extreme measures, including quarantines and travel restrictions.

On 25 July 2020, Leader Kim Jong-un held an emergency meeting after a suspected case of COVID-19 detected on North Korean town of Kaesong. Then the city was put on lockdown. [2]

Response[change | change source]

North Korea was one of the first countries to close borders due to COVID-19. The government has created widespread travel restrictions,[3] including closing the border to foreign tourists in late January 2020[4] and then suspending flights and banning travel in and out of the country.

Though many parts of the border were closed, the bridge between Dandong and Sinuiju remained open and allowed supplies to be delivered.[5]

In late February, the North Korean government said that it would keep the border closed until a cure was found.

On 18 March 2020, Kim Jong-un ordered the construction of new hospitals in North Korea.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Coronavirus: nearly 200 North Korea soldiers 'die from outbreak government refuses to acknowledge'". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  2. Cha, Sangmi; Smith, Josh (July 25, 2020). "North Korea declares emergency in border town over first suspected COVID-19 case". Reuters. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  3. Shinkman, Paul D. "North Korea Opens Borders to Aid Amid Coronavirus Threat". Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  4. "North Korea Bars Foreign Tourists Amid Virus Threat, Groups Say". 22 January 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  5. "Russia Delivers Coronavirus Test Kits to North Korea". 12 March 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.