Published On: Fri, Apr 10th, 2020

Coronavirus: Ex-North Korean state official warns coronavirus toll ‘exceeds imagination’ | World | News

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Speaking to the US-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Kim Myong confirmed that around three million people are believed to have died in the “Arduous March” famine. This famine was caused by a series of natural disasters together with economic carelessness and the crash of the food distribution system.


Mr Myong claimed the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, does not care that the nation is on the verge of another humanitarian disaster.

The Pyongyang regime has continuously maintained that there have been no cases of Covid-19 in the nation.

They claim that this is due to the government’s rapid action to stop the spread of the virus and closing its boarder to China.

However, Mr Myong has said these claims are propaganda, insisting that the real number of cases and deaths “exceeds imagination”.

He said: “North Koreas’ healthcare system is fragile and precarious.

“The people of North Korea have long been affected by chronic malnutrition, poor health and weak immunity.”

Mr Myong also highlighted North Korea’s geographical proximity and trade links to its Chinese neighbours – where the outbreak originated.

He added: “Consequently, it would be no exaggeration to state that North Korea is far more vulnerable to Covid-19 than any other country in the world.”

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North Korea quickly shut down its borders to China in January.

A director of North Korea’s central emergency anti-epidemic headquarters, Pak Myung Su, asserted that the nation’s efforts have been completely successful.

He told AFP: “Not one single person has been infected with the novel coronavirus in our country so far.

“We have carried out preemptive and scientific measures such as inspections and quarantine for all personnel entering our country and thoroughly disinfecting all goods, as well as closing borders and blocking sea lanes.”

Nearly every other country in the world has reported cases of the coronavirus.

The global number of coronavirus cases is over 1.6 million.

While the number of deaths of the virus globally has now surpassed 100,000.

However, well over 3 million people have recovered from the disease across the globe.

In an open letter to Kim Jong-un, the US president Donald Trump offered assistance in fighting the global pandemic.

He said North Korea “is going through something” and offered “cooperation in the anti-epidemic work”.

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