Several N.Koreans Rumored Dead of Coronavirus

  • By Kim Myong-song

    February 26, 2020 11:18

    Eight people are rumored to have died of coronavirus in North Korea, a diplomatic source said Tuesday.

    The source said the reason North Korea sealed its borders on Jan. 22 was that a number of people there had already died of coronavirus.

    A doctor gives instructions for preventing the spread of coronavirus at a factory in Pyongyang, in this photo from the North's official Rodong Sinmun daily on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    Officially North Korea has reported neither deaths nor any confirmed case of the virus.

    But according to the source, the people who died last month were family members of North Korean diplomats in China and workers in Pyongyang.

    Another diplomatic source said, "Even if someone dies from unknown pneumonia symptoms, nobody is allowed to link it to coronavirus. State security agents take you away if you even mention the word."

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