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
June 15, 2021 — This overview has been updated to incorporate a range of new developments since the date of first publication on March 26, 2020.
Since January last year, North Korea has introduced a series of increasingly hardline measures to combat COVID-19 and ensure it is prevented from entering the country.
Bearing in mind that case numbers exploded in countries that didn’t enforce lockdowns early on in the pandemic, Pyongyang’s measures undoubtedly minimized the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
However, North Korea’s battle against COVID-19 has come with various costs on both local and foreign
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