Foreign diplomats in Pyongyang, North Korea, are in isolation due to an ongoing novel coronavirus quarantine, a source inside the country tells CNN’s Will Ripley.
The source agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, due to what they describe as "paranoia" by North Korean government officials.
Diplomatic staff are not allowed to leave their compounds, the source says. All flights in and out of the country are suspended until further notice.
“We are basically caught in here,” the source says. “It’s dull and nobody knows how long this will go on for.”
Embassies in Pyongyang have been told the quarantine measures, which began in early February, will continue until March 1, the source adds.
“Nobody really believes that, given how paranoid the authorities are,” the source says.
Diplomats in North Korea: The exact number of foreign diplomats stationed inside North Korea is unknown, but is estimated to be a few hundred.
North Korea has already canceled a major tourist event, the annual Pyongyang marathon.
The country previously announced that all foreigners would be quarantined for 30 days, after quickly closing its borders at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.
No cases yet: North Korea has not confirmed a case of the virus, but health experts have warned it is highly susceptible to an outbreak given its close proximity to China and limited medical capabilities.
North Korean authorities have yet to respond to CNN’s request for comment.