North Korea’s escalating virus response raises fear of outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea is quarantining thousands of people and shipping food and other aid to a southern city locked down over coronavirus worries, officials said, as the country’s response to a suspected case reinforces doubt about its longstanding claim to be virus-free.

But amid the outside scepticism and a stream of North Korean propaganda glorifying its virus efforts, an exchange between the country and the United Nations is providing new clarity – and actual numbers – about what might be happening in North Korea, which has closed its borders and cut travel – never a free-flowing stream – by outsider monitors and journalists.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin