North Korea has warned its citizens not to go out of their homes, saying that the seasonal yellow dust that blows from China may transmit the new Corona virus to the country.
The official North Korean newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, stated, Thursday: “As Coronavirus infections continue to spread around the world, the need to deal with yellow dust and take comprehensive measures has become more important.”
There appears to be no evidence to support the claim that the virus that causes Covid-19 disease could spread to North Korea from the Gobi desert, 1,900 km away.
The common measure of social distancing is two meters, although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that droplets containing the virus can remain in the air for sometimes hours.
The North Korean newspaper said that citizens should refrain from outdoor activities and must follow prevention guidelines such as wearing masks when going out.
North Korea has not recorded any confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, which health experts question.
Pyongyang has tightened border restrictions and quarantine measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
Analysts say the outbreak could be devastating to the economically and politically isolated country. R. T. State TV, Wednesday, said yellow and fine dust may contain harmful substances, such as heavy metals and disease-causing microorganisms, including viruses.