A U.N. human rights investigator urged reclusive North Korea on Monday to allow full access for medical and humanitarian experts amid concern the coronavirus could hit malnourished people hard.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says North Korea has not reported any cases, despite bordering China where the epidemic started and South Korea which is suffering a major outbreak.

Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur for rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), reiterated concerns on Monday about political prison camps and "pervasive" surveillance. But he acknowledged "extensive efforts" by Pyongyang's government to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak.

North Korea has limited medical capabilities, Quintana added.

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