North Korean authorities claim that the country by the beginning of April, there was no case of coronavirus infection. About it to Agency AFP April 2, said the head of the emergency anti-epidemic headquarters of the DPRK Pak Myong su.
According to him, Pyongyang was able to prevent the penetration of infection from neighboring China due to the reinforced border control and the timely cessation of passenger traffic.
The state North Korean news Agency KCNA on April 3 reported that about 500 people in different regions of the country are in isolation under medical observation in connection with the pandemic coronavirus.
In turn, the commander of American forces in South Korea General Robert Abrams in an interview with Voice of America and CNN said that the approval of the authorities of the DPRK could not be true.
“I can tell you, based on all the information we have that this is impossible. […] We are not going to reveal our sources and methods, but it’s a lie. How many [cases COVID-19 North Korea], I can’t tell you,” said the American General.
According to him, the authorities of the DPRK in late February – early March “has taken draconian measures” at the border crossing and in military units to stop the spread of infection.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in China. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University on April 4, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 1.13 million, including more than 233 thousand recovered, about 60 thousand died.
North Korea – one of the few countrieswhere the official is not confirmed by any fact of coronavirus. In late March, the DPRK has secretly requested international assistance for the procurement of test systems.