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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been accused of leaving coronavirus victims to "starve to death" in a bid to hide the real impact of the pandemic, it has been claimed.
Coronavirus victims are being kept in secret quarantine camps and left to die, it has been reported.
Though the country is yet to report a single case of the deadly bug, a British expat claims the situation is "gravely serious."
The dictator has reportedly built isolation zones near the Chinese border which keep patients hidden and deprive them of proper medical attention, according to Christian activist Tim Peters.
According to Mr Peters, the situation has forced families to smuggle food to patients, reports Mirror Online.
Mr Peters, who runs Helping Hands Korea in Seoul, spoke to South China Morning Post and said he was "alarmed" to learn Kim's government is "providing absolutely minimal or no food or medicine to those who are interred there".
"So, it’s up to the families of the quarantined citizens to come to the edge of the camps and bring food to keep [them] alive along with whatever health-related aids that they can muster."
But much of the medication is simply herbal home remedies, while many inmates have already died, Mr Peters said he has been told by sources.
Meanwhile, pastor David Lee, who helps North Korean defectors in Seoul, said Covid has been disregarded by Kim's regime as a "ghost disease", while worryingly officials have no system for tracking the spread.
He has described how many of those showing symptoms are being "boarded up in their homes" and left to starve.
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At an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean Workers' Party last month, Kim thanked thousands of troops for helping to supposedly prevent the virus reaching the country.
He again repeated that not a single citizen had been infected.
Whether or not this is true, the North Korean economy has been hit hard by the worldwide pandemic after it closed its borders.
This is on top of the international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.
The UN estimates 40 percent of the country's population face food shortages.
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