North Korea is quietly soliciting coronavirus aid from other countries while publicly denying it has any confirmed infections, according to the Financial Times. Officials from the isolated country recently asked for urgent help from their counterparts in other countries, the FT reported, citing unnamed sources. Leader Kim Jong Un’s government has been officially reporting zero coronavirus infections. It shut its border with China — where the virus broke out — in late January. Experts with knowledge of North Korea’s healthcare system previously told Business Insider the country is too badly equipped to handle an outbreak like the coronavirus. North Korea has been quietly soliciting coronavirus aid from other countries even though it has publicly denied the existence of any cases on home soil, according to a new report.