North Korea appears to have introduced a new law addressing the pandemic emergency, with claims that no positive case of the COVID-19 virus has been found.
"Since last weekend, the local NK News website reported on Wednesday, state-run Minju Choson newspaper ran a series of pieces introducing the new" Emergency Quarantine Law.
The law details various "levels of red alerts and COVID-19 countermeasures related to the disease." It also explains how to treat patients who have tested positive for coronavirus, which has affected more than 28 million people globally since it was first reported last December in Wuhan, China.
It is still not clear, however, when the law was formally introduced.
Late last month, Edwin Salvador, a representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Pyongyang, said that as of Sept. 17, 3,374 North Koreans had been tested for coronavirus. Salvador said, "Every test has produced negative results."
Any COVID-19 case within its borders has not yet officially been declared by the UN sanctions-crippled communist state. The country has over 25 million inhabitants.
However, in public spaces across the country, the North Korean authorities require individuals to wear face masks, while COVID-19 related measures, including temperature controls, are still in place.
The new pandemic law states that the Central Emergency Anti-epidemic Headquarters of the country is "responsible for anyone testing positive for infectious diseases."
"If the initial test result is concluded to be positive, the Central Emergency Anti-epidemic Headquarters should, most urgently, immediately organize secondary tests using real-time check-up equipment for all contacts and patients," reported the Minju Choson newspaper.
"The law declares that the headquarters will have the final say" on all quarantine releases.