NORTH Korea bizarrely boasts it has NO cases of coronavirus – despite bordering two of the hardest hit countries on the planet.
Kim Jong-un brags a strict 30-day quarantine, closed borders and suspension of trade with China means he has now “conquered” the infection.
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However, regional experts believe his claims are just another case of the highly-secretive nation trying to fool the world.
And they point to the fact North Korea is bordered by both China – where the outbreak started – and hard-hit South Korea.
“It’s impossible for North Korea not to have a single case of coronavirus,” Jung H. Pak, a former CIA expert on North Korea, told Fox News.
He said Kim’s unrealistic claims are his way of drawing attention away from his country’s crumbling economy and shocking human rights record.
Officials in Pyongyang have bragged they found not one infection among more than 5,400 people quarantined during their “national survival” clampdown.
However, General Robert Abrams – a commander of US Forces Korea – believes the lack of recent military activity in North Korea means the claims are very likely bogus.
“It is a closed-off nation, so we can’t say emphatically that they have cases, but we’re fairly certain they do,” he said.
“What I do know is that their armed forces had been fundamentally in a lockdown for about 30 days and only recently have they started routine training again. As one example, they didn’t fly an airplane for 24 days.”
The Sun Online previously reported on claims North Korea had lost at least 180 soldiers to deadly coronavirus.
Its military reported that the medical corps had sent a report detailing the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s soldiers to top brass, according to a Daily NK insider.
The shocking report said that 180 soldiers had died in January and February and that approximately 3,700 soldiers are currently under quarantine.
The soldiers who had died were stationed on or around the country’s border with China in North Pyongan, Chagang, Ryanggang, and North Hamgyong provinces.
And just last month further reports claimed Kim’s state thugs brutally executed a coronavirus patient for going out in public.
The patient was arrested by officers and immediately shot as the country takes sickening measures to avoid the killer outbreak spreading.
South Korean Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported that the man – a government official – had been placed in isolation after travelling to China.
A US State Department has said his nation is worried about the susceptibility of North Korea to widespread infections.
“The United States is deeply concerned about the vulnerability of the North Korean people to a coronavirus outbreak,” said Morgan Ortagus, department spokesperson.
Neighbouring South Korea has tested over a quarter of a million of its citizens for coronavirus, representing roughly one of every 200 South Koreans.
Today China announced it has recorded 80,894 cases of COVID-19 and more than 3,230 deaths.