Two years later, North Korea announces its first case of coronavirus


The Micron version has managed to cross the borders of the most isolated country in the world. Was found positive on May 8 in Pyongyang

A student cleans her hands last November before entering a high school in Pyongyang.
A student cleans her hands last November before entering a high school in Pyongyang.cha sang hoAP
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North Korea was one of the first countries to respond after the first coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in January 2020. It further sealed its tightly closed borders and isolated itself, even more, from the rest of the world. It cut off all contact and trade with its largest and virtually only trading partner, China. Even with its other ally Russia. Months passed and this country with 25 million inhabitants was quiet Officially Covid free. It was difficult for the virus to enter through the never-opening door.

Not long ago in Pyongyang he left the issue of the epidemic in the background so that the missile games could be resumed Kim Jong Un. So far this year, 15 sea rocket launches have been conducted by the regime. Never before have I made so many pitches in such a short time. And analysts have been advocating for days The main course is still missing: a nuclear test.

But an unexpected event has changed Kim’s priorities: his country has announced the first case of the coronavirus more than two years after the start of the pandemic. The state news agency KCNA has announced this. The Micron version has managed to cross the borders of the most isolated country in the world. Was found positive in Pyongyang on 8 May.

The information that has come to the fore at the moment is that the North Korean leader has ordered An even more severe national lockdown. It will above all affect the small commercial reopenings in recent months with neighboring China, the only economic lifeline the poor country has to survive a great famine that seems to be getting stronger.

According to the KCNA agency, the Politburo of the Workers’ Party “acknowledged” that there has been a “gap” in North Korea’s quarantine front against Covid-19 that has been made over the past two years and rejected a proposal to “maximize” infections. Approved. Emergency “Anti-epidemic system.

Experts in the Asian country have been warning of the devastating damage caused by Kovid in North Korea since the beginning of the pandemic. Except for Pyongyang and Hamhyung City, It hardly has hospitals or ambulances.

According to the Global Health Security Index published by Johns Hopkins University (United States), the Asian country is One of the worst countries in the world in terms of preparedness for a disease outbreak. The authoritarian regime knew this and for this reason a massive blockade was ordered, sacrificing exports entering through China, which represents 90% of all its commercial exchange.

Pyongyang was left without importing food, fuel, fertilizer or clothing. Not even vaccination. From COVAX, a platform created by the WHO to guarantee equitable access to vaccines for the poorest countries, he said last year that he had handed over 8.1 million doses to North Korea, which aims to vaccinate more than 15% of its population. enough for. Serums were shipped, but it was never known whether the containers carrying them were unloaded at North Korean ports. It is believed that none of the vaccines that came up have yet been administered among the population.

Earlier this year, due to food shortages and the deepest economic downturn since 1997, it began to recall the “Hard March”, a term used to refer to the conflict during the Great Famine of the 1990s. One word, leader Kim ordered the temporarily reopening of some rail services with China to receive supplies. However, there was news last week that cross-border trade was again suspended due to new outbreaks in the neighboring country.

Following the news of the first positive for Covid in North Korea, some experts point out that the only place through which it has been able to penetrate a virgin land for the virus is through China.

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