North Korea testing, quarantining for COVID-19, still says no cases: WHO representative 1

North Korea testing, quarantining for COVID-19, still says no cases: WHO representative


Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) told Reuters on Tuesday that North Korea is one of the few countries that has not reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, and said it will continue to test and isolate more than 500 people .

The World Health Organization, which it says has received a “weekly update” from the Department of Health, said this remote country has the ability to test for coronavirus in its capital’s national reference laboratory, Pyongyang.

“As of 2 April, 709 people – 11 foreigners and 698 nationals – have been tested for COVID-19. There is no report of a COVID-19 case. There are 509 people in quarantine – two foreigners and 507 nationals,” Dr. Edwin Salvador, the WHO Representative to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said in an email reply.

“Since 31 December, 24,842 people have been released from quarantine, which includes 380 foreigners,” he said.

He added that WHO was informed that North Korea received primers and probes for diagnostic PCR tests in January from its allies, China. WHO has sent protective equipment.

The WHO website provides the latest global statistics, with nearly 1.3 million officially reported cases and 72,614 deaths in approximately 206 countries and regions. Yemen.

A UN human rights expert called for the lifting of international sanctions against, among others, North Korea. The sanctions targeted North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs to ensure the food supply of hungry people during the pandemic.

The Geneva-based World Health Organization said in February that North Korea had reported that nearly 7,300 passengers had been inspected in the six weeks ending February 9. The Department of Health said 141 passengers with a fever tested negative for the new corona virus.

Some foreign experts doubt that North Korea’s borders with China and South Korea have been severely affected by the epidemic and that North Korea has not detected an infection.

North Korea has stepped up border checks and imposed quarantine measures. The head of U.S. forces in South Korea said in mid-March that North Korea had its military forces on lockdown for about 30 days and had recently resumed training.

“We are on lockdown … We are very cautious about the spread of this virus,” a North Korean diplomat at its U.N. mission in Geneva told Reuters. “I understand we have no cases, zero cases.”

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