North Koreans are paying a heavy, sometimes deadly price during the COVID pandemic.
In most cases, North Korea – a closed country – will not allow foreign countries to help in serious situations. Christian Freedom International has word that COVID patients in that isolated society are being housed in concentration camps and starved to death.
CFI spokesperson Wendy Wright tells OneNewsNow the outbreak began in early February when the president of a North Korean trading company traveled from China back to North Korea after becoming infected with the coronavirus.
"And he ignored the quarantine rules and visited a hotel sauna – and from that, high-ranking North Korean officials started to contract the virus. The man was executed by firing squad as an example to others," Wright shares.
In addition, she says, medical assistance isn't being made available to the general public – who are being kept in the dark.
"Chinese medical teams are being allowed into North Korea to treat the high-ranking officials," Wright explains, "but the average person in North Korea is not getting treatment."
In addition, "they're not even aware of the [virus] outbreak because North Korea has complete control of her news media or what information the average person in North Korea can get," she laments.
Since trade is banned with China, supplies of basic needs are running short and the price of rice has skyrocketed. Wright says sources in the country are now saying the situation is so dire it may well prove more deadly than the famine of the 1990s.