North Korea was one of the first countries in the world to effectively seal its borders with the outside world in January 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world. Now more than a year later, while the coronavirus situation in North Korea remains unclear, various media reports outside the country indicate the North Korean people are suffering both from the economic impact of lockdown measures , and from the virus itself. Reporting on North Korea involves a necessary piecing together of bits of information from which a clearer depiction of reality may be drawn. Pyongyang does not permit free speech, so it is tough to find out what exactly is happening in the country. Regarding the current circumstances, “The truth is we don’t know … there aren’t sources — independent sources — inside the country such as humanitarian or embassy workers,” as before the outbreak, Colin Zwirko, of the Korea Risk Group and NK News, told DW. In reports to the World Health Organization, North Korea claims to not have any cases of COVID-19 out of the 43,052 people who have been tested so far. Still, there is little doubt among experts that North Korea has suffered at least… Read full this story
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