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North Korea Says It Has N Coronavirus Cases Such As Reports South Korean Media More Than 100 Deaths Soldier

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North Korea maintains it has recorded no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, despite reports from South Korea suggesting that more than 100 of Pyongyang’s soldiers have died and that the regime is struggling to get a handle on the epidemic.

A Monday report in North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper detailed Pyongyang’s latest efforts to prevent coronavirus taking hold, but claimed: “The infectious disease did not flow into our country yet.”

However, also on Monday, the South Korea-based Daily NK news website claimed that as many as 1,800 North Korean soldiers have succumbed to the virus, with thousands more quarantined.

Citing an anonymous military source, Daily NK reported that a military document stated the soldiers died in January and February and that another 3,700 remain under quarantine. Most of those who died were deployed on or close to the border with China, Daily NK said.

Newsweek has contacted the North Korean embassies in the U.K. and Switzerland to request comment on the Daily NK report.

A map showing the cases of COVID-19 worldwide as of March 9, 4 a.m. EST.

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This article has been updated to include an infographic.

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