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By Greg Norman, Fox News

March 18th, 2020 | 10:17

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un called for his country to rush to build “a modern general hospital” to “protect the valuable health and safety of our people” amid growing suspicion Hermit Kingdom isn ‘t being honest about the outbreak of coronavirus.

State media reported Kim broke ground at the construction site of the hospital in Pyongyang on Tuesday as the North continues to insist not have a case COVID-19, although fertile land flanked virus from China and South Korea.

“Our party analyze and assess the current state of public health services, health care, domestic … and, sad criticism away from the fact that there is no perfect and the establishment of modern medical services even in the capital, discuss and decide to build on this year’s anniversary 75th of the founders of general hospital first modern in Pyongyang for the promotion of public health, “Rodong Sinmun, the official official newspaper of the ruling party of North Korea,

Kim reportedly wants the construction of the hospital -. -. will be completed in early October

“When a public hospital is built, we will gain another valuable asset that can be used to further protect the health of value and safety of our people, and will be able to arrange a springboard to consolidate and develop socialist public health system by allowing the public health sector of the country to make a significant leap with this hospital as the central base, “he added.

Pyongyang claims to have been able to protect themselves from the coronavirus to be proactive in the fight untuk’bertahan national life. ‘The country has closed its border, cut off trade with China, an extended period of quarantine for 30 days and put restrictions on the activities of staff international diplomatic and foreign based in North Korea. As a result, the country boasted that isolation from all over the world is what saved them.

Although there is little chance of the virus jumping the heavily militarized border with South Korea or enter through a closed-off row with China, there has been a black market traders who operate in the area over the years that could bring the virus with them to the country.

“impossible for North Korea to not have a single case of coronavirus,” Mr. H. Jung, a former CIA analyst on North Korea ,.

Pak, now a fellow Brookings Institute, believes that Kim lied about the numbers to show the world he is still in control and can protect people from the deadly disease despite decades of crippling economic sanctions and finances put on the country’s rights violations human, cyber attacks, money laundering and fight denuclearization.

General Robert Abrams, commander of US forces Korea, said last week he believed the tip-off that North Korea has COVID 19th victim was a lack of military activity in recent weeks.

In other developments suggest Kim did not tell the truth, the North Korean authorities extended the closure of schools this week through 15 of April.

A source told the site that the North Korean Ministry of Education cited “social distance” as the reason behind the order and suggested that “the prohibition of physical contact between individuals is the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.”

Wednesday, North Korean neighbor China has more than 81,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, while South Korea has slightly more than 8,400, according to statistics compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.

Fox News’ BARNINI Chakraborty contributed to this report.

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