January 21, 2021

North Korea tests 12,489 people for COVID-19, still claims zero confirmed cases

Border remains closed “for an uncertain period” with public gathering and movement partially banned, WHO says

North Korea claims it tested nearly 12,500 people for COVID-19 and still has not had a single confirmed case, according to new numbers reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Monday, WHO related that the DPRK ran COVID-19 tests on 24,704 samples taken from 12,489 people as of Dec. 24, 2020. Among those tested, 787 people were newly swabbed during the seven-day period of Dec. 18 to Dec. 24, suggesting a testing pace similar to the previous month.