WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is going to have a new hospital built in Pyongyang while insisting that the country has a zero case of the novel coronavirus.
- The new hospital has already started construction in Pyongyang on Tuesday, March 17.
- North Korea has taken measures like cutting trades with China, closing borders, and is undergoing a 30-day quarantine.
North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is going to have his country built a “modern general hospital” without delay to “better protect the precious health and safety” of his people while claiming North Korea doesn’t have any cases of the novel coronavirus.
The Hermit Government started the construction of the new hospital in Pyongyang on Tuesday, March 17, according to state media. Since he calls it a “crucial task”, the dictator requires the hospital to be completed by October of this year.
According to Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party, Kim stated, “Our Party analyzed and assessed the present state of public health service, medical service, in the country… and, feeling miserably self-critical of the fact that there is no perfect and modern medical service establishment even in the capital city, discussed and decided on building in this year of the 75th anniversary of its founding a modern general hospital first in Pyongyang for the promotion of people’s health.”
While it is true that North Korea’s border is heavily guarded by the military, the presence of black market traders could have transmitted the virus into the nation.
On Tuesday, former CIA analyst on North Korea, Jung H. Pak told Fox News that “It’s impossible for North Korea not to have a single case of coronavirus.”
Pak believes that the North Korean leader is not being truthful about the coronavirus data in his country “to show the world he is still in control and can protect his people from the deadly disease,” Fox News reported.
Last week, General Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, believes that the lack of North Korean military activity in the past weeks is a clue that the nation has coronavirus casualties.
According to the Daily NK, officials extended school closures this week through April 15, another tip-off that Kim is not being truthful about the nation’s situation.
Kim’s government is insistent that the country has been proactive in taking measures to protect its people from COVID-19, such as undergoing under quarantine for 30 days, broken off trade with China, closed its border, and restricted foreign diplomatic activities.
North Korea’s Ministry of Education is reported to have stated that “social distancing”, and the ban of physical contact between individuals is the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Source: Fox News