On February 25th, it was reported by the Singapore version of the International Business Times website, that Kim Jong-Un commanded the execution of a North Korean official, who was diagnozed with the corona virus. This claim has been repeatedly shared on social media with the headline “North Korea’s first confirmed Coronavirus COVID 19 patient shot dead: report” and, of course, uproar resumed.
What reportedly has happened was that the official contracted the corona virus after traveling to China and decided to ignore the imposed quarantine in order to pay a visit to a public bath. He was soon arrested by the authorities and immediately shot for risking the spread of the viral disease.
Kim Jong-Un seems determined to rule with an iron fist once again and declared that the country would “rule by military law” against anyone who defied the mandatory quarantine, sources said. Another official is said to have been exiled to a North Korean farm after traveling to China.
So far, the official government line of North Korea is that there haven’t been any cases of corona virus confirmed. However, according to The Sun “Some South Korean media outlets have reported multiple cases and even possible deaths from the virus in the North”.
On New York Post it is revealed that “Harry Kazianis, director of Korean studies at the Center for National Interest, told Fox News that there is no way that North Korea is not being impacted by the coronavirus. They are clearly lying as they don’t want to show any weakness or that there is any threat to the regime […]”. As far as the execution reports are concerned, it is still debatable by the media whether the rumors are verifiable or not.