A North Korean official was shot dead for going to a public bath while he was meant to be in quarantine for coronavirus, it has been reported. The trade official was arrested and immediately executed after risking the spread of the deadly disease, according to South Korean media reports. Sources said the official had been placed in isolation after travelling to China with the country’s leader Kim Jong-un. He is said to have ignored the Kim threat to ‘rule by military law’ against anyone who left quarantine without approval.
North Korea has not yet confirmed any cases of the virus, but has taken drastic measures to stop it spreading over its 880 mile-long border with China.
Some South Korean media outlets say there have been multiple cases and even possible deaths from disease in the North.