North Koreans Warned to Stay Inside Fears ‘Yellow Dust Cloud from China’ Could Contain Population with Covid-19
- Kim Jong-un’s regime is urging people to stay indoors and keep windows closed
- A door-to-door message has also been passed to foreign diplomats in Pyongyang
- The mysterious kingdom claims it has never had a case of the coronavirus
North Korea has told its citizens to stay inside because of a mysterious ‘yellow dust’ cloud that is feared could spread the coronavirus from China.
Kim Jong-un’s regime is urging people to stay indoors and close their windows because of the impending ‘dust storm’ from China, according to state-controlled media.
The arcane kingdom claims it never had a case of Covid-19, but warns that “malicious viruses can even be airborne.”
According to NK News, the streets of Pyongyang were empty on Thursday as Kim’s subjects seemingly followed orders.
A North Korean weather forecast on Thursday, when state television warned of yellow dust floating through the country, which the regime apparently fears could bring Covid-19 out of China
Why hasn’t Kim’s wife been seen for months? Experts suspect she fears Covid-19
Ri Sol-ju, Kim Jong-un’s wife, has not been seen in public since January, sparking speculation in North Korea about her whereabouts.
Experts in the South believe Ri may be avoiding public events because she fears contracting Covid-19, said NK News.
They say the fact that her last appearance was just before the pandemic started to spiral out of control suggests that her absence may be related to the virus.
Ri Sol-ju (right) was last seen in public on January 25
In North Korea, rumors have it that Ri is suffering from another health problem or caring for a sick member of the ruling dynasty.
According to one theory, the sick patient could be Kim Kyung Hee, the aunt of the supreme leader of North Korea.
Another theory is that Ri is focused on raising her daughter, believed to be born in 2013.
The state newspaper Rodong Sinmun warned that the “yellow dust” contains “harmful ingredients” and “acts directly on the human respiratory tract.”
‘In light of the current situation that new coronavirus infections continue to spread around the world and data that malicious viruses can even be transmitted by air, the need to consciously deal with the yellow substance phenomenon and to take sound measures is becoming increasingly prominent’ it said.
“It is especially important to refrain from outdoor activities and never go outside unnecessarily.”
People have to wear masks when going out, while windows and doors at home have to be ‘thoroughly closed’ to contain the mysterious dust.
The yellow dust warnings were passed on Thursday in weather forecasts on North Korean television.
According to the Russian embassy in North Korea, the stay-at-home message has also been passed on to foreign diplomats in Pyongyang.
The new restrictions were imposed because the dust would allow Covid-19 “to be introduced into the territory of the republic,” Russian diplomats said.
The possible airborne spread of the virus is still not fully understood, although the CDC says Covid-19 usually appears to spread at close range.
“There is no evidence of efficient spread (ie, routine, rapid spread) to people who are far away or who enter a space hours after an infectious person was there,” it says.
Despite the alleged lack of cases in North Korea, the regime has imposed strict border controls and quarantine measures in response to the pandemic.
The lockdowns have exacerbated economic troubles in a country already reeling from US sanctions, UN experts said.
The UN has said that as much as 40 percent of the population suffers from food shortages, which may have been exacerbated by severe summer flooding and typhoons.
Officials in the US and South Korea are among those who have expressed doubts about Pyongyang’s claims that no person is infected.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (pictured) claims no person is infected with the coronavirus in the locked state
In July, the north shut down the border town of Kaesong after a defector apparently returned across the border with virus symptoms.
At the time, it was unclear to the state media whether the man had been tested, saying ‘there was an uncertain result of several medical checks.’
The WHO later said the test results were “ inconclusive, ” while Kim continued to claim no cases have been confirmed.
At a military parade earlier this month, he said he was grateful that “no person” was infected.
“I wish all the people around the world who are fighting the maladies of the malignant virus good health,” he added.
South Korea has fewer cases and deaths than most other wealthy countries, with 25,698 confirmed infections and 455 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.