PUBLISHED: 03:07, Tue, Nov 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 03:07, Tue, Nov 3, 2020
Kim Jong-un is believed to be hiding North Korea’s coronavirus victims from the international community, a humanitarian aid worker has said. Sources told Tim Peters, a Christian activist who runs helping Hands Korea based in Seoul, that the COVID-19 “quarantine camps” have been built to house the patients near the Chinese border.
Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Mr Peters said that the victims inside the camps were not receiving proper medical attention.
He added that the patients are currently being left to starve to death.
The activist said he was “alarmed” to discover that Mr Kim’s Government “is providing absolutely minimal or no food or medicine to those who are interred there”.
He continued: “So, it’s up to the families of the quarantined citizens to come to the edge of the camps and bring food to keep them alive along with whatever health-related aids that they can muster."
North Korean victims infected with the coronavirus are reportedly starving to death in camps (Image: getty)
The COVID-19 “quarantine camps” have been built to house the patients near the Chinese border (Image: getty)
Mr Peters said those medicines included "sold in the jangmadang markets, or even herbal home remedies gathered from mountainsides.
“My sources indicate many in these camps have already died, not only from the pandemic but also from starvation and related causes.”
North Korea is yet to confirm any cases of the coronavirus.
During a speech to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party, Mr Kim said he was grateful that not a single citizen in North Korea had been infected with the virus.
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Kim Jong-un was seen visibly emotional as he spoke at the military parade (Image: YouTube)