COVID-19: North Korea Still Insists it has Zero Cases

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  • North Korea says it has tested 12,489 people for COVID-19 and still has zero confirmed cases, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report
  • The DPRK sends updates on its COVID-19 statistics to the WHO, but the agency says it is unable to independently verify the data
  • The country has maintained a strict border lockdown since January 2020
  • Earlier last month, South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha dismissed the zero-case report by North Korea's officials, saying it was hard to believe
  • Kang added that North Korea has been unresponsive to South Korea's offer to join efforts to tackle the outbreak