North Korea Says It Has Zero Coronavirus Cases…But Does It Really?
North Korea has been notorious for being closed off to the rest of the world. The country regularly claims that conditions in the country are positive and upbeat, even though regular reports suggest otherwise.
One point about North Korea that has come about recently entails how there are supposedly no cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19 in that country. The report is despite there being nearly 300,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide as of March 21. Meanwhile, neighboring country South Korea has had about 9,000 cases.
In January, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the borders around the country to be sealed off. Kim was doing this to prevent the virus from spreading, although it would stop whatever legal trade was coming in and out of the country.
The closure may be part of why Kim is claiming that the coronavirus has not entered North Korea. But many signs suggest that the virus has been spreading around the country.
No Military Actions
The United States government has reported that North Korea has not engaged in much military activity as of late. The United States recorded that North Korea had not flown a plane for nearly 24 days.
A Weak Infrastructure
There are also issues that North Korea has had a difficult infrastructure that has fallen apart over the years. The North Korean medical system has fallen apart, and the economy has experienced a collapse. The situation is where many people are unable to find jobs. Much of the issue comes from sanctions from other countries that have restricted trade with North Korea.
The World Food Programme states that nearly 40 percent of people in North Korea are vulnerable to illnesses. The number means that a significant amount of the 25 million people living in North Korea could be at risk. There is a potential that North Korea has thousands of coronavirus cases, but is not declaring this to the rest of the world. The greatest concern is that North Korea might become a reservoir of sorts for the virus.
Possibly Sealing Off
There have also been thoughts that North Korea’s government might be corralling many people who have the virus and moving them into camps. The effort could be to isolate them and clear off impacted areas to try and make North Korea look better. The work could be similar to what happened in a famine in the 1990s. The event is believed to have killed off hundreds of thousands of people.
Some photos have appeared surrounding the North Korean military firing a few short-range missiles off of its eastern coast. While the move might suggest that things are running well in the country, some photos show Kim Jong Un staring onward many of his workers were wearing protective face masks. The effort could be a suggestion that the virus might be spreading around the country.
Whatever the case may be, there is a concern that the coronavirus has gone through North Korea at rapid numbers. But it is unknown as to what is happening right now.