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  • #16
    Ryanggang Province forms local task forces to combat COVID-19

    Vinegar is reportedly a hot item among North Koreans because of its supposed "immunity-boosting" affects

    Kang Mi Jin
    2020.02.17 3:00pm
    North Korean authorities in Ryanggang Province are organizing task forces in the province’s small and medium-sized cities and in rural areas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Daily NK has learned.

    The task forces are reportedly monitoring disease control procedures in local hospitals, businesses and government offices.

    “Members of local party committees, people’s committees, hospitals and disease control facilities have been selected to take part in these new task forces,” a Ryanggang Province-based source told Daily NK on Feb. 14. “The first task force was organized in Hyesan in late January and others were created in Sinpa County and other cities along the Sino-North Korean border in February,” the source continued, adding, “The groups were created after officials from the central government visited to check the province’s ability to control an outbreak.”
    Daily NK sources said that no COVID-19 infections have yet occurred in Ryanggang Province, but that authorities continue to order local officials to take careful precautions to prevent an outbreak.....


    • #17
      Medical Knowledge Related to Novel Coronavirus Infection (3)

      Coronavirus Infection Treatment of the New Provisional Proposal, Prevention and Diagnosis and Treatment of New Coronavirus Infections (1st Edition), described the features of clinic symptoms and disease treatment in children. .

      In children, the rimal symptoms of coronavirus infections are characterized by damage to the upper airways (nasal and pharyngitis) and damage to the lower airways (bronchitis, small bronchitis, pharyngitis).

      Fever, cold, and sore throat complain of symptoms such as mild fever when the degree of illness is weak, high fever, severe cough, nasal congestion, congestion of the back wall of the throat, shortness of breath and blood oxygen saturation, tachycardia, and breathing. Appears as failure....



      • #18
        Since last month, students from all over the country have come back to Pyongyang to take a vacation and have to pay attention to their corona19 infection management.
        The media said, “Medical workers are staying for several nights and conducting check-ups for thousands of students.

        In addition, "We are conducting direct and indirect medical examinations to find the righteous people on time, and immediately put hospital staff and students who have a fever or abnormal symptoms such as respiratory disorders, and are putting more power into the business to discriminate symptoms and establish treatment measures." Explained.

        He added, “We are also paying attention to the preparation of anti-infectious disease prevention measures while increasing the cure rate by carrying out the therapeutic activities with sufficient oxygen and other medicines including broad antibiotics and antipyretics.

        North Korea claims that no corona confirmers have occurred yet....


        • #19
          N. Korea reaffirms no new coronavirus infection

          All Headlines 08:35 February 18, 2020
          North Korea has repeatedly emphasized that there has been no confirmed outbreak of the highly contagious virus on its soil, though it suggested that there are people showing suspected symptoms.
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela


          • #20
            N. Korea reaffirms no new coronavirus infection

            North Korea 22:09 February 18, 2020

            SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's health minister said Tuesday that there have been no cases of the new coronavirus on its soil amid speculation that Pyongyang might be concealing an outbreak.

            Minister of Public Health Oh Chun-bok made the remarks during an interview with the North's Korean Central Television in the first such statement by the communist country's top health official.

            "The fact that not a single confirmed or suspected case of the new coronavirus has been found in our country could cause people to be caught off-guard," Oh said, calling for strengthened quarantine measures against the virus....

            North Korea says it has no coronavirus, desperate for international help




            • #21
              WHO to Meet with Officials of N. Korean Mission in Geneva on COVID-19

              Update: 2020-02-19 09:18:04

              The World Health Organization(WHO) plans to arrange a meeting with the North Korean mission in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the outbreak of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

              Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO's health emergencies program, said in a press briefing on Tuesday in Geneva that the WHO will soon meet with the officials.

              Ryan said there is no reason to believe North Korea has specific issues at the moment, but the authorities are concerned about the virus outbreak as are other governments. ...



              • #22
                Coronavirus in N Korea could be 'much more lethal' than in China

                Experts say outbreak in North Korea could pose great risks to a malnourished people already suffering from poor health.

                by Joseph Stepansky
                24 minutes ago
                And in a bid to limit the spread of the virus, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's government has effectively halted all flights and trains to China, imposed screening for anyone coming into the capital, and subjected all foreigners, including diplomats and aid workers, to a month-long quarantine - twice the length imposed by many other countries.

                North Korea has also closed its 1,500km-long land border with China, a country that accounts for about 90 percent of trade with Pyongyang...

                But despite these measures, one South Korean media outlet that covers North Korea says several people who exhibited symptoms similar to the coronavirus infection, known as COVID-19, have died in recent days. Those reports could not be independently confirmed.
                In 2019, North Korea ranked last out of 195 countries on its ability to rapidly respond to and mitigate the spread of an epidemic, according to the Global Health Security Index published by US-based John Hopkins University, while ranking 193 overall on its health security and capabilities.
                Experts say any outbreak in North Korea poses great risks to a population suffering from poor health and malnourishment.
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela


                • #23
                  Chosun Central Broadcasting Corporation said on the 24th, "Isolated more than 380 foreigners nationwide, quarantine and medical observation of foreign business travelers, contacts, and people with abnormal symptoms, and medical checkup at all units. Is there. "

                  Foreigners in quarantine appear to have visited North Korea for trade or diplomacy in Pyongyang.

                  According to the broadcasting station, Pyongan North also strengthened the quarantine according to the regional characteristics across the border with China. "More than 3,000 medical observers are actively following the power guarantee, material guarantee, heating guarantee, and water guarantee to ensure that there are no inconveniences in life." Said.



                  • #24
                    SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- The unification ministry said Monday it will postpone the resumption of a tour program to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom as a precaution as the number of new coronavirus cases in South Korea has been rising sharply.

                    The tours to Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which separates the two Koreas, had been scheduled to take place from Feb. 26-28 for Seoul-based diplomats, displaced people who hail from North Korea and separated families.

                    But the program has now been called off due to coronavirus concerns, the ministry said.. "postponed until after April ...



                    • #25
                      Seoul: Yonhap News) Reporter Chung Byun-na = While North Korea is pushing for intensive prevention measures to prevent the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19), it is also forbidden for residents to gather in public places including restaurants.

                      The Labor Newspaper of the Labor Party newspaper said on the 25th, "Do not slow down your momentary alerts, but keep your defense business slower." In a time when the whole country is under constant tension, many people gathered in restaurants and other public places. Actions like lifting should be strictly prohibited. ”

                      The newspaper noted that he was wary of gathering in public places abroad, explaining that "the virus was to prevent disasters beyond control of the network."..



                      • #26
                        North Korea Quarantines 1,300 Suspected Coronavirus Patients in Large Pyongyang Hotel

                        Authorities in North Korea have isolated about 1,300 residents in a makeshift quarantine station at a hotel in the capital Pyongyang, as worries about the possible spread of the novel coronavirus intensify in the isolated country....“Those who cough or have a fever are classified as suspected coronavirus patients,” a Pyongyang official told RFA’s Korean Service Saturday.

                        “The suspected patients will be closely monitored by the emergency quarantine committee of Pyongyang over the next 20 days,” the official said.

                        “Currently the number of suspected patients is around 1,300. Another 500 have already been discharged because their symptoms have eased,” the official added.

                        “[They] are either quarantined in solitary rooms or shared rooms, depending on [the severity] of their symptoms. They are receiving medical treatment from those doctors at the Ministry of Public Health, who are a part of Pyongyang’s emergency quarantine committee,” said the official....RFA reported Friday that a hospital in Chongjin, the largest city in North Hamgyong province cremated 12 patients, claiming they had died of pneumonia or the flu. Residents near the hospital suspect that the 12 might have actually been infected with the coronavirus even though North Korea has not officially reported a single confirmed case.

                        Many, including South Korean media outlets, have said that it is unlikely that the virus has failed to reach North Korea.

                        A second source in Pyongyang told RFA that the emergency quarantine has been kicked into high-gear as reports of deaths due to secondary infections trickle in daily from China to the Central Committee (of the Korean Workers’ Party)....




                        • #27
                          Strengthening the quarantine prevention business with infectious diseases

                          In accordance with the country's major measures in our country, a quarantine project is being developed to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection.
                          All radio routes through which borders, land, sea and air can enter new coronavirus infections have been completely blocked.
                          Hygiene and defense projects are being carried out as a whole-military movement, and the business of urgently supplying medicines, test reagents and other necessary medicines is well underway...



                          • #28
                            Translation Google

                            North Korea isolates 380 foreigners, no new cases of coronary pneumonia reported

                            Time: 26 February 2020 Source: Global Times micro-channel public number Author: Mang 9 morning in the text editor: Mengzi Wei

                            Since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia, North Korea has attached great importance to this and has adopted a series of epidemic prevention measures. Yonhap News Agency, Kyodo News Agency, and many other media quoted the North Korean Central Radio report on February 24 that North Korea has isolated about 380 foreign nationals across the country and strengthened foreign business travellers, related contacts, and people with abnormal symptoms Up medical observation and isolation.

                            It is reported that North Korean media did not specify the identity of the foreigners who were quarantined, but speculated that it may be diplomats of various countries in Pyongyang or personnel visiting the DPRK for trade. Yonhap News Agency said on the 24th that no new cases of coronary pneumonia have been reported in North Korea. North Korean official media reports also said that Ping An Road and other areas bordering China have further strengthened prevention and control of epidemic prevention, and have done a good job in providing power, heating, and water supply to solve the inconvenience caused by the quarantine life of more than 3,000 people under medical observation. .

                            Since February 1st, foreign personnel can only go to shops in the embassy area of ​​Pyongyang to buy daily necessities, eat at restaurants in the embassy area, other restaurants and shops in Pyongyang are not open to foreign personnel, and personnel from all countries in North Korea are required Try to avoid direct contact with North Korean personnel. If you have any questions, you can contact by phone. "Global Times" reporter's apartment for foreigners, since February 1, every morning and afternoon, North Korean personnel wearing protective clothing to measure the temperature from door to door, and inspection and quarantine staff at the door of the embassy area every day. North Korean service personnel at shops, hospitals and other facilities in the embassy area also temporarily reside in the embassy area until isolation is lifted. According to a reporter's understanding, other foreign-related hotels in Pyongyang that have been occupied by foreigners have also been closed and quarantined since February 1. Foreigners staying in hotels can only move in the hotel until the quarantine is lifted on March 1.

                            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                            -Nelson Mandela


                            • #29
                              UN Security Council Restricts Sanctions Against North Korean Corona “Permission to export medical equipment immediately”

                              2020-02-28 10:58
                              The United Nations Security Council has loosened some sanctions on North Korea to help "humanely" respond to North Korea's new coronavirus infection (Corona 19).

                              According to AFP, German Ambassador Christophe Hoisgen, the chairman of the UN Security Council's North Korea Sanctions Committee, said after the Security Council meeting that “the meeting discussed coronavirus issues. The coronavirus issue was discussed and the committee immediately had given permission to export the equipment. ”
                              Ambassador Hoisgen also said, "The problem is that North Korea has closed its borders...



                              • #30
                                Corona 19 is called North Korea's acute pneumonia

                                North Korea's Ministry of Health clarifies border closure policy until it develops treatment for injured corona
                                -It is said that it is ordering urgent production of antiviral medicine and hastening the development of medicine.
                                -Corona in North Korea called acute pneumonia19. Called the dead family station, and funeral...However, despite North Korea's multifaceted actions against Corona 19, the news of Corona 19 proliferation continues to be heard.

                                The Libertarian Post, a correspondent in China, said, "I just talked to North Korea, but I didn't say corona. The North Korean authorities called acute pneumonia.

                                In addition, it is clear that there is a strict distinction between acute cold and acute pneumonia and that many people are dying from acute pneumonia.https://translate.googleusercontent....pRDwORROXMie-Q