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North Korea tells WHO it has tested more than 9,000 people and found no virus cases

Published in 10 December, 2020

North Korea says it has tested over 9,000 people and found no positive virus cases, according to data Pyongyang provided to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A total of 18,472 samples were taken from 9,373 people who underwent a “reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction” test (the common diagnostic swab test) over 10 days and with no positive cases detected.

Among those tested, 4,275 people had developed a fever as they were quarantined and the others tested were health workers deployed at quarantine stations and involved in collecting samples, according to the report.

North Korea has released 33,044 people from quarantine as of November 26, according to data released by WHO.

Independent testing: North Korea independently conducted the tests, and the Ministry of Public Health of North Korea provided the data to WHO, which released the statistics on Thursday. 

The North Korean government has maintained no positive cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the country, a claim widely questioned by experts.

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