August 31, 2020 13:01
North Korea is waging an all-out war to contain the spread of coronavirus orchestrated by leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yo-jong.
A North Korea source told Voice of America, "All international borders remain closed. Supplies coming to Nampo seaport remains suspended as there are no ships sailing in from China's Dalian port where COVID-19 cases were detected. Only COVID-19 related shipments are being allowed through Sinuiju-Dandong border" in the northwest.
"Kim Yo-jong is the commander in chief of all quarantine efforts," the source added.
Another source said, "Checks have been stepped up at railways and roads to keep people from other parts of North Korea out of Pyongyang. Checks are conducted so often that not even an ant could get through."
North Korea continues to insist that it does not have a single case, but observers say that is implausible.
The head of the World Health Organization's office in Pyongyang told Voice of America on Friday, "On COVID-19 response, WHO has been informed by the Ministry of Public Health... that as of Aug. 20, 2,767 people have been tested... in the country and all have tested negative." But he added the WHO "is yet to get details about a suspected case that was reported in Kaesong."
A defectors' group, the North Korean People's Liberation Front, claimed 48,528 people have been placed in quarantine and 267 have died. If true, these are curiously specific figures and must come from a government source.
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