Pyongyang wants to get tests for coronavirus, sources told the Financial Times. Officially, the DPRK does not recognize a single case of the disease.
North Korea secretly requested international assistance in the form of supplies of test systems for determining the coronavirus, the Financial Times reported March 26, citing its own sources.
After the first reports of an infectious disease outbreak in China, Pyongyang’s authorities immediately closed their borders. There are no official data on confirmed cases of COVID-19 from DPRK. But North Korean officials over the past few weeks have privately appealed to international organizations to help with equipment for testing for coronavirus.
There are a certain number of test systems in the country, but they are not enough, the source said.
One source claims that at least 590 people in the DPRK were tested, all of them came from abroad in January. Tests gave negative results.
According to North Korean state media reports, over the past two months, 10,000 people have been quarantined in North Korea.
The supply of medical equipment to the DPRK is difficult due to UN sanctions. It takes several weeks to authorize such supplies, notes the Financial Times.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in China. March 11 World Health Organization announces the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University on March 26, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 487 thousand, of which almost 118 thousand recovered, and 22 thousand died.