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North Korea acknowledges first suspected COVID-19 case

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/27/20, 05:34 pm

Kim Jong Un locked down the city of Kaesong, North Korea, on Friday. If a suspected case of COVID-19 is confirmed, it would be the country’s first official recorded infection. The patient fled to South Korea and then crossed back into the North, according to state media. Kim and members of his government discussed punishment for the guards who let the individual into the country despite closed borders.

Has North Korea taken any preventive measures? The country shut down tourism and established strict guidelines for quarantining potential cases. International experts said North Korea could suffer greatly if COVID-19 spreads through the country due to its poor healthcare and scarce medical supplies.

Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in World Tour about the increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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    Posted: Tue, 07/28/2020 01:56 am

    Why would a "patient" who "fled to South Korea" return to North Korea?