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At 9:30 a.m. every day this week, a soft-spoken official has appeared on North Korean television to report the number of people with fever and new deaths, and to explain measures to stop North Korea’s first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak.

The little-known official, Ryu Yong Chol, has become the public face of the isolated country’s battle against the coronavirus, the equivalent of U.S. COVID-19 czar Dr. Anthony Fauci or the director of South Korea’s disease prevention agency, Jeong Eun-kyeong.

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