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Mon Mar 9, 2020, 06:54 PM

Almost 200 North Korean soldiers have reportedly died from coronavirus, thousands more in quarantine

Hundreds of North Korean soldiers have reportedly died from the coronavirus and thousands of others are being quarantined.

But the secretive nation's leaders are sticking to the official narrative that the global epidemic has not reached them.

According to Daily NK, a South Korean news organization, the COVID-19 virus killed 180 North Korean soldiers in January and February and has sent another 3,700 into quarantine. And according to South Korea's government-backed Yonhap News Agency, almost 10,000 people have been quarantined over coronavirus fears, but nearly 4,000 have been released since they didn't present symptoms.

But the North Korean government line hasn't changed. The cloistered nation has remained stubbornly resistant to providing transparent information about the reported outbreak in the country.

https://news.yahoo.com/almost-200-north-korean-soldiers-193704254.html

No wonder Trump loves Kim Jong Un so much.

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Mar 2020 OP
still_one Mar 2020 #1
dewsgirl Mar 2020 #3
getagrip_already Mar 2020 #4
still_one Mar 2020 #5
dewsgirl Mar 2020 #2
soryang Mar 2020 #6
Demonaut Mar 2020 #7

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 06:56 PM

1. If true, were they in the high risk group? If not, then someone is lying

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Response to still_one (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 06:59 PM

3. They are all very malnourished.

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Response to still_one (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 07:03 PM

4. My first thought....

Soldiers tend to be young and healthy. To have "thousands die" would mean hundreds of thousands were infected. Not bloody likely.

So lets say they are malnourished, with rickets and hypertension and aanemia. Not a very robust force but ok. That would still mean tens of thousands infected.

I still don't believe it. Unless they have been shooting any soldier who looks sick.

sorry, a not believable story.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 07:06 PM

5. I agree. One thing I am pretty sure NK would insure their soldiers are well fed at the expense of

general population
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 06:58 PM

2. This story was posted about 1000 times this morning on Twitter,

but then it was 180 soldiers, not a single source this morning I would have posted here. I'm happy you find a better source/link.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 08:34 PM

6. Actually the original article says suspected cases.

re: 북한군도 발칵코로나19 의심 사망 200명 육박 By 정태주 기자 -2020.03.06 4:56 오후 NK News 3.6

Which is kind of odd. If they have a covert source inside the North Korean military, the person would be risking their life and that of their family and relatives to report this. So why beat around the bush? Is it an intentional leak? Kim sent a friendly letter to Pres. Moon, a few days back, expressing sympathy concerning the S.Korean covid 19 situation. Are they looking for medical aid?

One possible explanation would be that they had no access to covid 19 test kits. The Russians reported giving them 1500 test kits on February 26 maybe too late to affect this situation. The article suggested strategic rocket forces might be affected along with the other services. The longer ranged ballistic missile forces are in this "belt."

This is a good article in Science magazine that refers to difficulties the nation wide quarantine is having on importation of TB supplies. There is a wide spread TB problem according to the author, with "thousands" of cases. There is a reference to service personnel in the NKnews article above concerning a history of disease or impaired immune system.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/coronavirus-disruptions-could-hurt-north-korea-s-efforts-treat-tuberculosis

The geographic distribution of the alleged deaths approaching 200 is in the frontier provinces along the North Korean border with China, where one might expect the problem to occur. This is consistent with their earlier article that i posted, except Pyongyang where 7 deaths were reported and South Hwanghae where Haeju is located, (close to S.Korea on the West Sea) isn't mentioned at all. There were reportedly 2 dead in Hwanghae in the earlier report. The earlier NKnews report seems to come from a different source and was referenced near the end in the current article which is the source for the OP. ( 중앙 비상방역지휘부 )

https://www.democraticunderground.com/113326682

So this new NKnews report is at least consistent with the earlier report to some extent except for the failure to report on the southern areas I described. I think this is massaged to conceal the sources.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 08:36 PM

7. the south should go on High Alert

trump would not intervene

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