North Korea tests for Covid-19 in rivers, lakes, and wastewater

North Korean health officials test for nCoV in samples taken from rivers, lakes, sewage and garbage, and strengthen disinfection and sterilization.

The KCNA news agency on May 27 reported that North Korea is tightening Covid-19 prevention measures and organizing epidemiological investigation teams at all levels. North Korean health authorities ordered testing of samples taken from rivers, lakes, sewage and garbage, as well as disinfection of related sites.

North Korea’s anti-Covid-19 agency has stepped up testing and disinfection throughout the country after determining that epidemic clusters tend to be stable, in which the number of people suffering from illness is decreasing and the number of deaths is relatively low. .

North Korea recorded another 100,460 people with fever in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 3 270 850 people, of which 3 037 690 people have recovered. The number of deaths is 69.

North Korean military medics measure the blood pressure of an elderly woman in Pyongyang on May 26.  Photo: KCNA.

North Korean military medics measure the blood pressure of an elderly woman in Pyongyang on May 26. Image: KCNA.

North Korea also set up anti-epidemic checkpoints in more than 1,840 places to disinfect and disinfect people and vehicles. Wildlife is closely monitored at more than 1,830 locations.

North Korean health authorities are regularly updating Covid-19 treatment guidelines, as well as intensifying research and discussion to apply appropriate treatment measures.

A trade report published on May 27 showed that a few months before announcing the first Covid-19 case, North Korea suddenly imported large quantities of masks, ventilators and possibly vaccines from China.

The report said that in January-April, North Korea imported 10.6 million masks from China, while in December 2021 it did not. In addition, China in February exported a vaccine worth $311,126 to North Korea.

In the first four months of 2022, China exported nearly 95,000 thermometers to North Korea, 33 times the total volume in 2021. China exported 1,000 non-invasive ventilators to North Korea in April, as well as supplies Covid-19 test, rubber gloves and protective clothing.

North Korea and China have not commented on this report.

Nguyen Tien (Theo KNCA, Reuters)

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