North Korean doctors say there are no COVID-19 cases
US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Doctors of North Korea say that no confirmed cases of infection with a new coronavirus infection have been registered in the country, reports France Presse, citing a representative of the Central Headquarters for the Emergency Control of Infectious Diseases of the DPRK.
In February, the South Korean newspaper Chunan Ilbo reported with reference to a source in the DPRK about the first case of infection with a new coronavirus in North Korea. According to the publication, the first sick was a “resident of Pyongyang,” who returned from China. There was no official confirmation of this information.
“So far, no one has been infected with the new coronavirus in our country,” Pak Men Soo, the head of the anti-epidemiological department of the Central Headquarters for the Emergency Control of Infectious Diseases, told the agency.
“We carried out preventive and scientific measures, such as checks and quarantines for all arriving in our country and thorough disinfection of all goods, as well as closing borders and blocking all sea and air routes,” the source said.
Earlier, the Financial Times , citing sources, said that North Korean authorities have privately sought help from “international contacts” in order to expand the country’s testing for the presence of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
At the end of January, the DPRK, in the framework of counteracting COVID-19, actually closed the border and announced the launch of a “national emergency quarantine system.” In February, the quarantine period for visiting foreigners, DPRK citizens who traveled abroad, and those who contacted such people was extended to 30 days.
DPRK media are urging citizens to take precautions in public transport and keep at least one meter apart. The DPRK schools re-extended their vacations for an indefinite period, while students should limit their movement except in special cases.
The World Health Organization on March 11 announced an outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 with a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 820 thousand cases of infection have been recorded in the world, more than 40 thousand people have died.
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