March 27, 2023

North Korea shares new ‘emergency quarantine law’ amid global COVID-19 woes

The DPRK claims that it has no cases of COVID-19, but the new law addresses what to do in an infectious disease outbreak

Nine months have passed since North Korea shut down its borders in Jan. 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — a swift move that came just when the world was starting to talk about the virus, and far before it ravaged millions of lives.

Now, the country has introduced a new “Emergency Quarantine Law” that hashes out different levels of disease-related red alerts and COVID-19 countermeasures, including detailed guidelines for handling patients who test “positive” for general infectious diseases.