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“I don’t think he is dead – if that was the case there would be a lot more identifiable movement,” Ishimaru, who has spoken recently to North Koreans near the Chinese border, told the Guardian. “One theory is that either he himself has the virus or people around him have it and he’s is sheltering.”
The recovering from surgery sounded plausible to me but who knows for sure? I don't believe the fake news that N Korea doesn't have COVID-19:
originally posted by: ChiefD
I’ve thought for awhile now that maybe Kim Jong-un has COVID-19 himself, and is recovering. He may be in bad shape, may be on a ventilator.
-Isolated North Korea said it is Covid-19 free after it quarantined all arrivals, closed borders, blocked sea and air lanes, and disinfected all goods
-But a top US military commander said intelligence he had seen showed that Pyongyang’s assertion was untrue
originally posted by: FlyingSquirrel
If anyone DOESN'T have a covid problem, it's North Korea. I believe that.
They're the most isolated country with the least amount of tourism on the planet. They also have the ability to easily utilize measures that most of the world would cry about to stop the spread.