2020/02/08

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N Korea becomes the 29th country to record a case of coronavirus

  


North Korea has become the twenty-ninth country or territory to record a case of the killer coronavirus, it has been claimed.  


A native citizen returned from China before being tested positive for the deadly virus, according to local media.


Sources told an English daily newspaper that the woman is from Pyongyang, the capital of the hermit Asian nation. 


No further details about how she entered the country have been given - North Korea was one of the first countries to shut its borders to contain the killer outbreak.


In further developments, a woman from China has taken ill at Copenhagen Airport, Denmark, prompting a small area to be cordoned off. If tests come back positive, she would be the first case diagnosed on Danish soil. 


The coronavirus epidemic has been confirmed in almost 30 countries and territories around the world, killing 638 and infecting more than 31,500. 




The North Korean case has not yet been confirmed by officials, only reported by the English version of the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo.


Officials have been vigilant in isolating travellers from foreign countries and testing them for the coronavirus at airports.


During this process, the woman from Pyongyang, with a population of almost three million, was flagged.


The reclusive country was one of the first to completely shut its borders to travellers and flights from China, introducing the measure on January 21.  


It is not clear, therefore, exactly where the woman was flying from if she was returning from China.


Considering North Korean news reported there were zero coronavirus patients on Sunday, it is believed the woman was detected on Monday.


Song In-bom, a North Korean health official, appeared on the state-run Korean Central Television Sunday evening to reassure the public. 


Song, however, said it wasn't 'time to be relieved' because there was still potential the virus could read the North. 'Civil awareness' was urged.


The woman was showing symptoms of the virus while going through checks, a source told JoongAng Ilbo. Everyone who had close contact with the patient has also been quarantined. 


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk





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