June 01, 2023

North Korea claims zero confirmed COVID-19 cases while facing vaccine delays

North Korea is expecting 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, but faces ongoing delays amid a surge of cases in India

North Korea claimed to have zero confirmed COVID-19 cases after testing a cumulative total of 25,986 people, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The DPRK self-reports COVID-19 related statistics to WHO and said that everyone tested — including those with influenza-like illnesses or acute respiratory infections — came up negative for the novel coronavirus as of April 29. North Korea tested 751 people during the week of April 23 and April 29, with 51,698 samples total tested as of April 29.