A North Korean who attempted to defect to China tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under quarantine at a Chinese hospital, Daily NK has learned.
According to a Daily NK source in China, the North Korean was shot by a Chinese border guard during the afternoon of Apr. 20 as he attempted to cross the Tumen River in North Hamgyong Province.
There were reports of Corona-chan slithering its way through the northern part of the country and the Korean People’s Army back in early March. No way to be sure, since reports from Best Korea are usually speculative and north worth the bytes they occupy on a hard drive. Still, worth noting that North Korean TV has been imparting information on the necessity of wearing masks for more than a month (making it a more reliable source of information than the WHO or the CDC), and recent videos from Pyongyang supermarkets suggest mass wearing of masks.
Now Kim Jong Un is only 36 years. Morbidly obese, to be sure, and reportedly diabetic – still, people don’t usually get very serious health complications at that young ab age (especially world leaders with access to elite level medical care).
But consider this. KJU does tons of photoshoots with soldiers. And he endlessly meets up with generals, who meet up with officers, who mingle with soldiers. He’s way more likely to get infected than the average Nork. And Corona plus his physical state may well translate into big trouble. So this news that strongly implies Corona really is running rife through the KPA should make us weigh more seriously the rumors from a couple of days ago that KJU has serious medical issues.
This also suggests there’s a distinct (if not overwhelming) probability of the world getting its first ever proper female dictator (as opposed to wife of dictator or absolute monarch).