Russian Ambassador commented on the situation with COVID-19 in the DPRK

The epidemiological situation in North Korea has not yet improved after the outbreak of COVID-19. This was announced on Monday, August 8, by Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora.

“Starting from July 29, for the fourth day in a row, there are zeros in the graph of new cases of the disease. As of the morning of August 2, there were only 95 patients remaining in the entire country continuing treatment for covid. However, the situation cannot be called completely normalized,” he explained in an interview with TASS.

The diplomat said that the mask regime is still in force in the republic and state borders are closed. However, there are still some concessions – for example, children’s rides have been launched in amusement parks.

Earlier, on May 30, North Korea’s state emergency response headquarters reported that more than 100,000 patients with fever had registered in the country between May 28 and 29. This brings the total number of cases to over 3.5 million.

On May 27, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya called on the Security Council not to impose new sanctions on the DPRK, at least now, when a difficult epidemiological situation is developing in the republic.

On May 21, the United States expressed its readiness to help North Korea resist the active infection of citizens with COVID-19. The administration of US President Joe Biden pointed to the “serious problem” that the republic faced due to the pandemic. Also, South Korea and Russia were ready to provide medical assistance, reporting the existence of a plan.

The outbreak of COVID-19 in North Korea was recorded on May 12, then the DPRK leader said that an emergency situation arose in the country due to the coronavirus, after which he demanded that the government take measures to stop the spread of the disease.

So far, the country has not officially reported a single case of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. According to Konstantin Asmolov, candidate of historical sciences, senior researcher at the Center for Korean Studies at the Institute of the Far East of the Russian Academy of Sciences, this can be explained by the effective measures taken by the country’s authorities in the midst of a pandemic.

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