December 02, 2021

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Bryan Betts

Bryan Betts is the Deputy Editor of NK News. He has covered the Koreas for Yonhap News Agency, The Diplomat and Korea Exposé and previously worked as a newspaper reporter in South Carolina and New Mexico.

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North Korea emphasizes winter COVID measures as snow hits country

North Korea emphasizes winter COVID measures as snow hits country

DPRK tells World Health Organization it found no positive cases after testing additional 734 people

North Korea emphasizes winter COVID measures as snow hits country
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts November 23, 2021
North Korea one of only two countries yet to begin COVID-19 vaccinations: WHO

North Korea one of only two countries yet to begin COVID-19 vaccinations: WHO

Despite lack of vaccines, DPRK reports zero cases of new coronavirus after another round of testing

North Korea one of only two countries yet to begin COVID-19 vaccinations: WHO
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts November 15, 2021
North Korea warns vaccines aren’t a silver bullet, again says it’s COVID-free

North Korea warns vaccines aren’t a silver bullet, again says it’s COVID-free

State media cite 'worsening pandemic situation' due to mutations as lesson against easing quarantine measures

North Korea warns vaccines aren’t a silver bullet, again says it’s COVID-free
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts November 8, 2021
North Korea reports no COVID cases after again defending its virus controls

North Korea reports no COVID cases after again defending its virus controls

There has also been activity at an import disinfection zone and key port, suggesting efforts to inch toward normalcy

North Korea reports no COVID cases after again defending its virus controls
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts November 2, 2021
North Korea tests 678 additional people and finds zero COVID cases: WHO

North Korea tests 678 additional people and finds zero COVID cases: WHO

The DPRK has yet to begin administering vaccines, as South Korea’s vaccination rate reaches 70%

North Korea tests 678 additional people and finds zero COVID cases: WHO
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts October 25, 2021
Just 12 North Korean defectors reached the South from July to September

Just 12 North Korean defectors reached the South from July to September

COVID restrictions have made it nearly impossible to escape and reach the ROK, cutting off a key source of information

Just 12 North Korean defectors reached the South from July to September
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts October 22, 2021
North Korea says it’s COVID-free, shares ‘best practices’ for virus surveillance

North Korea says it’s COVID-free, shares ‘best practices’ for virus surveillance

World Health Organization reports the DPRK tested 702 additional people but has yet to introduce vaccines

North Korea says it’s COVID-free, shares ‘best practices’ for virus surveillance
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts October 18, 2021
North Korea tests 667 more people for COVID, reports no positive cases

North Korea tests 667 more people for COVID, reports no positive cases

The DPRK has now tested 40,700 people in total, as Kim Jong Un demands 'flawlessness' in anti-epidemic measures

North Korea tests 667 more people for COVID, reports no positive cases
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts October 4, 2021
Total tested for COVID-19 in North Korea exceeds 40,000

Total tested for COVID-19 in North Korea exceeds 40,000

DPRK has yet to report a single case as it stresses ‘even a tiny failure is not tolerable’ in epidemic prevention

Total tested for COVID-19 in North Korea exceeds 40,000
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts September 27, 2021
North Korea reports no COVID cases as total tested nears 40,000

North Korea reports no COVID cases as total tested nears 40,000

Release of latest data follows mask-free military parade, amid apparent confidence in pandemic measures

North Korea reports no COVID cases as total tested nears 40,000
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts September 20, 2021
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