Covid 19 assistance to North Korea says WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday (October 7) that 19 humanitarian supplies have arrived in North Korea but are being detained in quarantine in the country’s seaport of Nampho, as the reclusive regime shows little indications of loosening its border restrictions.
When the coronavirus epidemic began last year, North Korea closed its borders, while officials in neighboring South Korea and the United States have questioned its claim that it has never had a case, despite the absence of evidence of large breakouts.
The WHO claimed it had started shipments through Dalian, close to the North Korean border, in its most recent weekly report for South and East Asia, covering the period through the end of September.
“To provide DPR Korea with vital Covid-19 medical supplies, WHO began the cargo through Dalian port, China, for strategic stockpiling and future dispatch to DPR Korea,” the agency stated.
According to Edwin Salvador, the WHO envoy to North Korea, the help under quarantine includes emergency health kits, medications, and medical supplies for vital health services. “We have been informed that these products, as well as those from other UN organisations, remain quarantined at the ports,”
After the North’s public health ministry notified UN agencies a few months ago that some aid stuck in China would be allowed via Dalian’s port, the supplies were sent to Nampho, a port city in the North. “As a result, WHO was able to ship some of the supplies to Nampho seaport,” Salvador explained.
According to the WHO, as of September 23, it has tested at least 40,700 persons for Covid-19, with no positive results. Although no large outbreaks have been proven, South Korean and US officials have questioned North Korea’s assertion that it has never had a Covid-19 case.

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