December 05, 2020

The ‘cleanest place’: North Korea revives propaganda touting zero COVID-19 cases

Pointing to global rise in cases, state media says that the world is “shocked” by the DPRK’s virus-fighting measures

As many parts of the world are experiencing a new surge of COVID-19, North Korea is ramping up unverified claims that it’s the “cleanest place” on Earth and the only country to have completely blocked the virus.

After repeating similar boasts throughout the first half of this year, state media suddenly dropped the zero-cases claim in August, sticking to encouraging vigilance and reminding citizens that the virus poses a “fatal” threat to the nation.