CORONAVIRUS EXECUTION?: North Korea reportedly shoots official dead after he breaks quarantine

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

According to reporting from the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper and the Daily Mail, the trade official had been placed in quarantine after travelling to China.

Since the coronavirus outbreak late a year ago, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has severely restricted crossings at the northern border with China last month and instituted military law to keep people in isolation during the quarantine period and to not visit public spaces for precautionary reasons.

Separately, it has also been reported that another official who tried to cover up his travels to China has been exiled to a farm within the country.

North Korea has not confirmed any cases of the new coronavirus, but state media said the government was extending the quarantine period for people showing symptoms to 30 days, and all government institutions and foreigners living in the country were expected to comply "unconditionally".

The United States eased its approach on humanitarian aid past year as diplomacy stepped up with North Korea on its nuclear program but it still maintains tough restrictions, including a ban on all travel to the country by USA citizens.

Three meetings between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to secure a landmark nuclear accord, with Pyongyang firing short-range rockets and demanding an end to sanctions.

"They are conducting information activities in various forms and by various methods at public places to introduce common medical knowledge about the epidemic and encourage people to give fuller play to the noble moral traits of helping and leading each other forward", state news agency KCNA reported.

Sunday marks the 78th birthday of the late leader and father of current leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea is reportedly growing its Monero (XMR) mining operations in an attempt to bypass global sanctions using the privacy-centric cryptocurrency. However, some South Korean media outlets have reported multiple cases of the coronavirus and possible deaths within the hermit kingdom.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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