Pandemic Politics: North Korea

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Speculation and concern continue to grow among medical experts about the true extent of new coronavirus cases in North Korea. The Pyongyang government has not reported any cases of COVID-19, the official name of the new coronavirus. Officially, the country is clean and the border with China is closed. Earlier in the week however, reports surfaced from sources inside of the secretive nation-state indicating the virus is present and has caused a number of deaths already. These reports are unconfirmed and there is no reliable method available to verify them. Yet given the present state of the North Korean healthcare system it is quite possible COVID-19 is present in the North and perhaps even running rampant. The reports, as well as other pieces of evidence, have led many healthcare experts to conclude North Korea is attempting to hide an outbreak.

In light of the situation in China, as well as…

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