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    • A South Korean grandfather and his grandson wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus use binoculars to view their northern neighbours at Imjingak in Paju, near the border with North Korea, Tuesday, 31 March 2020.
    • Pedestrians wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, 1 April 2020, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
    • A health worker takes the temperature of a woman amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus at an entrance of the Pyongchon District People's Hospital in Pyongyang on 1 April 2020.
    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes the firing of suspected missiles in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 22 March 2020.
    • A missile is fired, in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 22 March 2020.
    • People wear face mask amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, 1 April 2020.
    • Offices at the Phyongchon District People's Hospital are disinfected, Wednesday, 1 April 2020, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
    • Workers of the Ryongaksan Soap Factory make disinfectant in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, 19 March 2020. North Korea has been engaged in an intense campaign to guard against COVID-19, though it hasn’t officially reported any cases of infection.
    • A news broadcast shows coverage relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus on a giant television screen near the central railway station in Pyongyang on 1 April 2020.
    • A nurse explains details about the COVID 19 and ways to prevent contracting it at the Phyongchon District People's Hospital Wednesday, 1 April 2020, Pyongyang, North Korea.
    • Workers of the Ryongaksan Soap Factory make disinfectants in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, 19 March 2020. North Korea has been engaged in an intense campaign to guard against COVID-19, though it hasn’t officially reported any cases of infection.
    • A doctor disseminates information about the COVID-19 coronavirus to people in a waiting room at the Pyongchon District People's Hospital in Pyongyang on 1 April 2020.
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    A South Korean grandfather and his grandson wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus use binoculars to view their northern neighbours at Imjingak in Paju, near the border with North Korea, Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

    Despite being geographically located between China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, and South Korea, which has struggled with COVID-19, North Korea has been adamantly silent on the situation in the county and remains one of the very few Asian nations not to have reported a single case.

    North Korea reports that it is going on about its life as the COVID-19 pandemic is raging across the world, claiming that they have not registered any coronavirus case in their country. The already-sheltered state was among the first to close its borders to prevent the spread of the disease.

    Apparently it's not the only country where COVID-19 has failed to make headlines: Reporters Without Borders reproached Turkmenistan for playing down the pandemic, leading many news sources to falsely report that it had banned the word 'coronavirus'.

    The DPRK's health ministry claimed that these measures, coupled with thorough disinfection, are the reason for their self-reported success in withstanding the virus.

    To have a peek at what life is like in a nation which hermetically sealed its borders long before coronavirus was ever an issue, check out our photo gallery.

     

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