North Korea sends 500 workers to patrol its Chinese border


North Korea has dispatched 500 Red Cross workers to its border with China in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The workers will be used 'for border quarantine operations', the Red Cross said, without saying where exactly they were sent or when.

North Korea has officially denied having any coronavirus cases, but reports have suggested people are dying from the disease in the border city of Sinuiju and that infections may have reached the capital Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-un's regime, which keeps all public health data as a closely-guarded state secret, cancelled a planned military parade in the capital on Saturday with no warning given.

The annual event, to commemorate the founding of the countrys armed forces, typically draws huge crowds and is overseen by Kim himself - but this year did not go ahead and its absence was not noted by state-owned newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

Rodong has carried several statements by public heath officials urging people to watch out for suspected cases, warning the fate of the nation is at stake.

It has also published images of workers in hazmat suits disinfecting buses and trains in cities including Sinuiju.

North Korea has closed its borders to all international travellers, while road and rail links with ally China have either been closed or severely restricted.

Any North Korea citizen travelling outside the country will have to submit to health checks on their return, while all those arriving in the capital will also be tested.

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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