Kim Jong Un Refuses Coronavirus Equipment While Demanding ‘Absolute Obedience’ in Quarantine

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North Korea has closed its borders from foreigners in a bid to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus, refusing the humanitarian efforts of the United Nations, which is prepared to export goggles, thermometers, and stethoscopes to the country to help fight the threat of the virus.

The COVID-19 coronavirus, which was first identified in Wuhan city of the Hubei province of China, has infected more than 85,400 people globally across more than 50 countries, and claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. Around 79,000 of the cases have been confirmed in China, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader of the reclusive state (which reportedly has had no confirmed cases of the virus), has instructed the country to “seal off all the channels and space through which the infectious disease may find its way, and strengthen check-up, test and quarantine,” in a meeting with officials from the ruling Workers’ Party on Friday, according to North Korea’s Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), Reuters reported.