We are yet to find a single case of Covid-19: North Korea tells WHO

We are yet to find a single case of Covid-19: North Korea tells WHO

 

 

North Korea has told the World Health Organisation; it tested more than 30,000 people for the coronavirus through June 10 but has yet to find a single infection.

 

The WHO said in a monitoring report Tuesday that North Korea’s testing figures included 733 people who were tested during June 4-10; of which 149 were with influenza-like illnesses or severe respiratory infections.

 

Experts widely doubt North Korea’s claim that it has not had a single case of the virus; given its poor health infrastructure and porous border with China, its major ally and economic lifeline.

 

 

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Describing its anti-virus efforts as a “matter of national existence;” the North has banned tourists, jetted out diplomats and severely restricted cross-border traffic and trade.

 

The self-imposed lockdown has caused further strain on an economy already battered by decades of mismanagement and crippling US-led sanctions over the country’s nuclear weapons programme.

 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a political conference last week called for officials to brace for prolonged COVID-19 restrictions; indicating that the country isn’t ready to open its borders anytime soon.

 

 

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