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The DPRK is unlikely to hide the statistics on the COVID-19, the expert believes

Pyongyang is unlikely to hide the statistics on the coronavirus, claiming that there are no patients, said lead researcher, Institute of Far Eastern studies Konstantin Asmolov.

"Here, I think I agree with Russian diplomats and Western experts who are talking about the fact that the virus to North Korea still has not passed. Because they are really fast, hard and quickly sat down on total quarantine and is only now slowly and carefully begin to open inside, but not outside" - he said during the online lecture "North Korea today", organized by the higher school of Economics.

The expert gave two reasons that cast doubt on the rumors that the coronavirus entered in the DPRK.

"First, before the North Koreans medical statistics were not secret, and in this sense, is more acted on the principle: we want to get five bags – say that we need seven," said Asmolov.

The second factor is even in the media reports, which doubt the absence of COVID-19 in the DPRK, referred to the desire of Pyongyang to test-coronavirus drugs or medical equipment for patients.

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