COVID-19 in North Korea: an overview of the current situation
Pyongyang officially claims no infections within its territory, and has taken strict steps to stave off an outbreak
July 15, 2020 — This overview has been updated to incorporate a range of new developments since first publication on March 26, 2020.
Since January 21, North Korea has introduced a series of increasingly hardline measures to combat COVID-19 and ensure it is prevented from entering the country.
Given the manner in which other countries are now belatedly responding to the virus, the DPRK measures appear, in retrospect, to have been prudent.
While it’s impossible to know if North Korea’s claims to be virus-free are true, the strict measures imposed by Pyongyang undoubtedly helped minimize the risks
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