North Korea Threatens With Hard Labour If Covid Rules Are Broken
If you’re in North Korea and planning a get together for you and a few friends, think again. That’s the message that the North Korean government are sending to its people.
Business Insider reports that if four or more people gather to eat or drink these days, even if they are relatives, the disease control authorities will send them to a disciplinary labour centre for violating the coronavirus quarantine.
The other option is to be given a hefty fine. Although it’s unclear why some people will be sent to do hard labour and others will only be fined, it’s up to the country’s disease control authorities to decide on the type of punishment.
This rule doesn’t account for households where three or more people live together.
Although experts doubt that it could be the truth, the kingdom of North Korea has reported zero Covid-19 cases.
Although weddings are still allowed, there can only be a maximum of three people, even if the ceremony is held in private at home.
No one knows how far North Korea is with the vaccine programme as the country refuses to share information about this with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Rumours were doing the rounds that the country rejected the WHO’s donation of AstraZeneca vaccines and opted to go with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.
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