No coronavirus cases reported in North Korea
North Korea has doubled down on prevention efforts for the new coronavirs, extending quarantines to 30 days for all arriving foreigners and dispatching Red Cross workers around the country.
The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency announced Wednesday that all government institutions and foreigners living in the North were expected to obey the new quarantine period "unconditionally."
This comes after the regime imposed a stoppage of flights and train service with its neighbors and suspended international tourism at the end of January.
A North Korean defector and current research professor at Korea University's Public Policy Research Institute in Seoul told Voice of America that the reason behind the North's rather excessive measures is its unfit medical care system that only prioritizes protecting elites.
There are currently no known cases of the new coronavirus in North Korea.■
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