North Korea’s measures to deal with nCoV
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North Korea’s measures to deal with nCoV

State media requires people to strictly comply with requests from health officials.

The North Korean government is using every option to prevent nCoV from spreading from China, its close ally and largest economic partner.

North Korean medical staff at Pyongyang International Airport on February 1.

Pyongyang closed its borders, isolating the country from the world as soon as the Covid-19 epidemic began to break out in the Chinese city of Wuhan, then imposed a 30-day quarantine on people coming from the epidemic area.

North Korea’s central news agency KCNA said the government is stepping up its anti-virus campaign by checking the health of each family and broadcasting hygiene instructions via loudspeakers across the country.

Foreigners living in North Korea also face many strict restrictions, such as having to self-isolate in their own homes since early February. Diplomats are not allowed to move around the capital Pyongyang.

`The embassy has no diplomatic letters, nor can we get medicine and necessities for the medical room. The situation greatly affects people’s psychology,` Russian ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora said on May 25.

Russian diplomatic staff were only allowed to go out to take out trash, and North Korean officials immediately sprayed garbage trucks with disinfectant right at the embassy gate.

North Korea's measures to deal with nCoV

Medical staff sprayed chemicals to disinfect buses in Pyongyang on February 6.

Diplomatic work stalled as all meetings with North Korean officials and other embassies were canceled.

North Korea has not recorded any cases of nCoV infection, but state media reported that some people are being quarantined after showing symptoms.

The Covid-19 epidemic has appeared in 39 countries and territories after starting in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

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