According to the North Korean Epidemic Prevention Center, soldiers and fifth-grade kindergarten children contacted “aliens” in the town in early April, after which they were positive for the Omicron variant.
North Korea suggests that the outbreak of Covid-19 began with people who came into contact with balloons flying from South Korea. This is a highly suspicious claim that seems to be an attempt to hold rivals accountable amid heightened tensions.
According to national media reports on Friday, the North Korean Epidemic Prevention Center found an infected cluster in the town of Ifo near the southeastern border, and some of Ifo’s inhabitants with feverish symptoms traveled to Pyongyang.
According to the center, an 18-year-old soldier and a 5-year-old kindergarten child contacted the town’s “aliens” in early April and were subsequently tested positive for the Omicron variant.
The Epidemic Prevention Center, called “emergency instructions,” orders authorities to “carefully deal with aliens coming from winds and other climatic phenomena and balloons” along the border and track their sources to the end. I did.
He also emphasized that anyone who finds “foreign things” should be notified immediately to the authorities so that they can be removed.
The report did not identify what the “foreign” was. However, blaming those who have flown across national borders is likely a way to reiterate opposition to the surge of North Korean defectors and South Korean activists.
For years, activists have flown balloons across national borders and distributed hundreds of thousands of propaganda leaflets criticizing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
According to global health officials, the coronavirus is more likely to be spread by people with close contact who inhale air droplets and occur in closed, poorly ventilated areas than outdoors.
The South Korean Ministry of Unification said it is unlikely that South Korean balloons have spread the virus to North Korea.
Relations between South Korea remain tense amid a long-term stalemate in US-led diplomacy that persuades North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions in return for economic and political interests.
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-balloons-flown-from-south-korea-brought-covid-19-58470?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss Balloons from South Korea brought Covid-19