A North Korean official has been reportedly executed for going to a public bath while he was meant to be in quarantine.
The Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported that the trade official was arrested and immediately shot after risking the spread of coronavirus by visiting the public bath.
The official had been placed in isolation after traveling to China. President Kim Jong-un had imposed military law to enforce the lockdown.
Although North Korea is yet to confirm any cases of the virus but has taken drastic measures to stop it spreading over its border with China.
The trade official was reportedly quarantined under a policy of isolating anyone who had been to China or had contact with Chinese people.
With the military decree in place, the man was said to have fallen foul of a decree by Kim Jong-un which is against anyone who left quarantine without approval.
According to a source, another official has been exiled to a North Korean farm after trying to cover up his travels to China.
The second official was reportedly a member of the secretive kingdom’s National Security Agency.