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North Korea - 2019-nCov (new coronavirus) - N. Korean tests positive for COVID-19 in China - zero officially confirmed cases - Emergency declared in Kaesong area - February 2, 2020

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  • Treyfish
    Do They or Do They Not Have COVID-19 Inside North Korea?North Korea’s claim of zero COVID-19 patients is “contrary” to just about every news piece on COVID-19. “…this is an impossible claim based on all of the intel,” said General Robert Abrams, the top US general in South Korea. In light of recent developments, however, it may be useful to revisit our assumptions.

    Here Is What We Know

    Three days before China shut down Wuhan on January 23, North Korea canceled all flights to/from China, and within days after that, suspended tourism, closed its border with China, and quarantined every foreigner and North Korean nationals returning from abroad. Public health off....

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  • Treyfish

    Coronavirus: panic buying of food staples in Pyongyang, as North Korea insists it has no cases
    • Food prices in North Korea are reportedly rising sharply because of panic buying, but this is not related to reports that leader Kim Jong-un is ill
    • North Korea has told the World Health Organisation it has tested 740 people for Covid-19 and released 25,139 from quarantine, and all were negative

    Bloomberg and Associated Press
    Published: 7:00am, 24 Apr, 2020

    Consumers in North Korea ’s capital this week have been “panic buying” food staples, causing some store shelves to empty, according to a news service that specialises in the country.
    The purchases may be due to stricter
    measures on the way for Pyongyang and do not appear related to reports this week that leader
    Kim Jong-un
    may be
    seriously ill

    , NK News reported, citing people who live in Pyongyang and were able to communicate outside the country.

    Shortages were initially limited to imported fruit and vegetables and then moved on to other goods, it said.....

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  • Treyfish
    North Korean defector who was shot and wounded while trying to flee across the border to China 'has tested positive for coronavirus' - despite Pyongyang denying having any cases
    06:25 EDT, 23 April 2020
    • Man attempted to cross Tumen River from North Korea into China on April 20
    • He was shot by a border guard and then taken to hospital to be treated
    • Doctors tested him for coronavirus, and the test has come back positive
    • Case provides strongest evidence yet that North Korea does have virus cases
    A North Korean defector who was shot by Chinese guards while trying to cross the border this week is infected with coronavirus, a source has said.

    The man was taken to hospital after being shot while trying to cross the Tumen River that separates North Korea from China on April 20.

    When he arrived at hospital he was tested for the virus and found to be positive, and is now under quarantine, a Chinese source told Daily NK.

    His case provides the strongest evidence to date that North Korea is suffering from a coronavirus outbreak, despite Pyongyang publicly denying having any cases.

    Daily NK, which has a network of informants within North Korea, has previously reported on several suspected outbreaks within the country.

    The site reported last month that 180 soldiers had died from 'coronavirus-like symptoms' between January and February this year.

    It also reported that another 23 people may have also died of the infection - but with little or no state healthcare system within North Korea, confirming cases via testing has been virtually impossible.

    Last week, Radio Free Asia reported that lecturers have been privately telling North Korean citizens that there are cases in the country

    Citizens were told in late March that the virus was spreading in three specific areas of the country - the capital Pyongyang, South Hwanghae province in the south of the country, and North Hamgyong province in the north.

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  • Treyfish
    N. Korean tests positive for COVID-19 in China

    The hospital where the man is quarantined is reportedly under lock down

    Jang Seul Gi
    2020.04.23 2:51pm
    A North Korean who attempted to defect to China tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under quarantine at a Chinese hospital, Daily NK has learned.

    According to a Daily NK source in China, the North Korean was shot by a Chinese border guard during the afternoon of Apr. 20 as he attempted to cross the Tumen River in North Hamgyong Province.

    He was transported to a hospital in Longjing, Jilin Province, where he underwent medical tests. The tests came back positive for COVID-19.

    After quarantining the man, the hospital in Longjing has reportedly restricted all entry of visitors into the facility.

    Daily NK was unable to confirm how Chinese authorities will deal with the infection case...

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  • Treyfish
    Japanese press "North Korea Kim Jong-un, possibility of staying in Pyongyang, leaving Corona"

    2020-04-23 09:31

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    Sankei: "The absence of the best leaders, the possibility of encouraging the new ideals"

    Tokyo Newspaper "I feel anxious about the security situation with an infected person among guards"

    (Tokyo = Yonhap News) Correspondent Kim Ho-joon = Kim Jong-un, North Korea's chairman of the State Council, may have evacuated to Pyongyang, a densely populated area, as a villa in Wonsan, Gangwon-do, following the spread of a new type of coronavirus infection worldwide. Reported.
    Sankei quoted South Korea's intelligence agency, saying that Kim has been staying in close proximity with his neighbors to Wonsan since attending the Labor Party Political Bureau meeting in Pyongyang on the 11th.
    "There is a view that the global spread of coronavirus has avoided the densely populated capital city of Pyongyang, so the absence of the long-term capital of the top leader may also stimulate the myth," said Sankei...

    The newspaper also quoted sources familiar with North Korean affairs as saying that there was information about Kim's bodyguards as the reason for the evacuation of the victim because of anxiety about the security situation.The newspaper predicted that the prolongation of Corona 19 could lead to Kim's long-term telework (remote work) in Wonsan's cottage.
    Meanwhile, the Japanese government analyzes that Kim is receiving treatment while staying in Wonsan, but he believes it is not in critical condition, the Tokyo newspaper added.

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  • Treyfish

    WHO “I haven't seen any corona in North Korea… Support material is in Dandong ”

    Reporter Ji Da-gyeom
    2020.4.23 1:15 am

    The World Health Organization says it has repeatedly received reports from the North Korean authorities that there are no new coronavirus confirmed. He also said that he is supporting products related to coronavirus response, and will continue to cooperate with North Korean authorities to bring supplies to Dandong.
    Reporter Ji Dagyeom reports.

    North Korean authorities have reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) that the new coronavirus was screened for a total of 740 people by the 17th of this month, of which no one was infected.
    In an e-mail addressed to the VOA on Tuesday, the World Health Organization's Edwin Salvador, Pyongyang office, said in a newsletter shared by the North Korean Ministry of Health every week about the coronavirus situation and response.
    North Korea said in this newsletter that as of April 17, 212 North Koreans were in quarantine, and since December 31, a total of 2,139 foreigners, including foreigners, have been released from quarantine.
    [Salvador Pyongyang Office Director] “As per the update received on 17 April, so far 740 people have been tested, all were negative for COVID-19. Currently 212 nationals are in quarantine. Since 31 December, 25,139 people have been released from quarantine. ”
    Earlier today, ‘Reuters’ communication reported that 709 North Koreans and foreigners had been diagnosed with corona, and a total of 24,42 were quarantined.
    In other words, only 31 people were tested for viruses in two weeks, and 297 were further quarantined....

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  • Treyfish
    Chinese medical reserve team on standby if Kim has medical problems after surgery

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  • Treyfish
    "North Korea Prepares to Act as Chief Leader Kim Yeo-jung in an Emergency" <Yomiuri>

    2020-04-22 09:12

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    "At the end of last year, the central government decided to focus on the journey when Kim Jong-un died."

    "Kim Jung-eun, deteriorating hypertension, etc. French doctors' visit to North Korea in January"

    North Korea's Kim Yeo-jung, a candidate for political affairs ...Accelerating two-factor consolidation (CG)[Provided by Yonhap News TV]

    (Tokyo = Yonhap News) Correspondent Kim Ho-jun = From the end of last year in North Korea, Kim Young-eun, the younger sister of the chairman of the State Council Chairman Kim Yeo-jung, is preparing to act as the chief leader in an emergency. Reported.
    According to reports, when the General Assembly of the Central Committee of the Labor Party was held at the end of last year in Pyongyang, an internal decision was made that if Chairman Kim was unable to rule due to death, etc.

    "Since then, a lot of directives have been issued to the party and the military in the name of Kim Yeo-jung," he said.
    It is known that Kim Yeo-jung belonged to the propaganda department of the party in charge of propagating the system, but it was also reported that at the end of last year, she was inaugurated as the 1st vice president of the organizational leadership, the core department that took over the personnel right after the party's General Assembly....

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  • Treyfish
    APRIL 21, 2020 / 8:44 AM / UPDATED 5 HOURS AGOU.S. doesn't know what condition North Korea's Kim is in -National Security Adviser

    1 MIN READ
    WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) - The United States does not know what condition North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in and will have to see how events unfold, a top White House adviser said on Tuesday, following reports that Kim was ill and had undergone a cardiovascular procedure.

    Asked about how political succession wou..

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  • Treyfish

    [CORRECTION] Source: Kim Jong Un recently received heart surgery

    Daily NK source speculated that Kim's heart surgery was due to a number of factors, including obesity, prolific smoking habits, and "overwork"

    Ha Yoon Ah
    2020.04.21 12:35pm
    Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to multiple sources for this story; this article is based on a single Daily NK source in North Korea.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently underwent heart surgery and continues to recuperate from the procedure at a villa outside of Pyongyang, Daily NK has learned.

    Reports from a Daily NK source in the country suggest that Kim underwent the surgery at the Hyangsan Hospital on Apr. 12. The hospital is located near Mount Myohyang, in North Pyongan Province, and is exclusively for the use of the Kim family.

    Kim is reportedly under the care of doctors at the Hyang San Villa, which is near the hospital.

    A doctor from the Kim Man Yoo Hospital in Pyongyang reportedly managed Kim’s heart operation along with other doctors with the Korean Red Cross General Hospital and the Pyongyang Medical University who typically handle medical issues concerning the North Korean leader.

    Most of the doctors reportedly returned to Pyongyang after Kim’s condition was considered stable following the surgery. Only some of the doctors have remained near Kim to monitor his health, the Daily NK source said.

    Around 30 members of Kim’s personal guard along with other guard units are reportedly watching over Hyang San Villa. Guards who were at the villa before Kim arrived have reportedly been stationed elsewhere for the time being.

    Questions about Kim’s health were raised by observers of the country when the North Korean leader failed to take part in a ceremo
    ny honoring his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on Apr. 15.

    North Korean state media, including the Korean Centr..

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  • Pathfinder
    (3rd LD) No unusual signs about N.K. leader's health: government sources

    North Korea 16:53 April 21, 2020
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    By Koh Byung-joon

    SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has seen no unusual signs suggesting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is ill, government officials said Tuesday, after CNN reported that Kim is "in grave danger after a surgery."

    "There is nothing unusual going on in North Korea. It's not true," a government official told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity, referring to the CNN report that cited an unidentified "U.S. official with direct knowledge" of the matter.

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  • sharon sanders
    Media report...who knows? Might be true or not...beware this could be completely untrue.....

    US source: North Korean leader in grave danger after surgery

    By Jim Sciutto and Joshua Berlinger, CNN

    Updated 10:46 PM ET, Mon April 20, 2020

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  • Treyfish
    NK paper urges high-level alertness to prevent virus-caused devastation

    By Yonhap
    Published : Apr 21, 2020 - 09:45 Updated : Apr 21, 2020 - 09:45

    North Korea's official newspaper Tuesday urged its people to stay on high alert against the coronavirus, warning that the devastation caused by the pandemic in other countries could take place anytime in the communist nation.

    North Korea claims to be free from the coronavirus, but Pyongyang has ramped up calls for its people not to let their guard down in warding off the COVID-19 pandemic as it is bracing for a long fight against the infectious disease that has been sweeping around the world.

    "It is impossible to see the danger of virus infection disappear in a short period of time at a time when no preventive and treatment medication has been developed," the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the North's ruling party, said....

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  • Treyfish
    North Korea's Kim getting treatment after cardiovascular procedure - report
    APRIL 20, 2020 / 8:23 PM

    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is receiving treatment after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure early this month, a South Korean media report said, amid speculation over Kim’s health following his absence from a key anniversary event.

    North Korea marked the anniversary of the birthday of its founding father and Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, as a national holiday on April 15, but Kim was not seen in attendance.

    Daily NK, a speciality website run mostly by North Korean defectors, cited unidentified sources inside the isolated state saying Kim is recovering at a villa in the Mount Kumgang resort county of Hyangsan on the east coast after getting the procedure on April 12 at a hospital there....

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  • Treyfish
    N. Korea reopens some schools, universities amid coronavirus outbreak

    By Yonhap
    Published : Apr 20, 2020 - 21:11 Updated : Apr 20, 2020 - 21:30

    Some university and high school students in North Korea are back at school after extended semester breaks that came due to the coronavirus outbreak, a propaganda outlet said Monday.

    As the school vacations ended, classes reopened gradually, with students in their final years of university or high school first being allowed to attend lectures, according to an article carried by Naenara, a state media outlet.

    The online outlet ran photos of students wearing masks and getting their temperatures checked before going into class. Other photos showed students seated in a classroom wearing face masks.

    The article, however, did not mention when the schools resumed.

    Schools in North Korea start their new year on April 1....

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