North Korea reports first ever case of coronavirus

North Korea has reported its first ever case of coronavirus, after someone snuck across the border from South Korea.

The secretive country says that a person who defected to South Korea three years ago has now illegally crossed back into the country to the border city of Kaesong.

They have since reportedly shown coronavirus symptoms.


Global experts believe this probably isn’t the very first case of the virus to break out within North Korea, but there’s almost no way of knowing for sure due to the extremely strict control the state has over its media.

“An emergency event happened in Kaesong city where a runaway who went to the south three years ago – a person who is suspected to have been infected with the vicious virus – returned on 19 July after illegally crossing the demarcation line,” local media KCNA reported.

North Korea is now investigating the person, and how they managed to illegally cross the border, with local media reporting a severe punishment is also likely.

While North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly ordered a maximum emergency system to try and contain the virus.