North Korean claims that the secretive nation has still not been hit by coronavirus have been blasted by experts as "impossible".
The country's leader, Kim Jung Un, continues to claim that a month-long quarantine period, closed borders and the suspension of all trade with China has kept his state fit and healthy.
But speaking to Fox News, former CIA North Korea expert Jung H Pak said Kim was deliberately spouting obvious misinformation in a bid to distract onlookers from his country's ailing economy and human rights violations.
"It's impossible for North Korea not to have a single case of coronavirus," he said.
And yet, the country claims that after testing thousands released from quarantine they found no traces of Covid-19 infection.
But other experts point to the low level of recent military activity in the country as evidence that the virus has taken hold.
General Robert Abrams, a commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, said: 'It is a closed-off nation, so we can't say emphatically that they have cases, but we're fairly certain they do.
"What I do know is that their armed forces had been fundamentally in a lockdown for about 30 days and only recently have they started routine training again. As one example, they didn't fly an airplane for 24 days."
Last week, it was reported that Kim Jung Un had secretly fled the North Korean capital of Pyongyang amid fears of a viral outbreak there.
And the country also faced international criticism after leading experts claimed it had photoshopped face masks onto propaganda photos i n a bid to look like the authorities were in control of the nation's response to the virus.
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