Coronavirus: WHO sending aid to North Korea through China border | South China Morning Post
Coronavirus: WHO sending aid to North Korea through China border. The WHO said it recently began sending medical supplies through China’s Dalian port, although it did not elaborate if the aid had actually reached North Korea
In the WHO’s latest weekly report for South and East Asia, which covers the period to the end of September, it said it had begun shipments through China’s Dalian port, which is near the border with North Korea.“To support DPR Korea with essential Covid-19 medical supplies, WHO started the shipment through Dalian port, China, for strategic stockpiling and further dispatch to DPR Korea,” the agency said, referring to North Korea by the initials of its official name. The WHO did not elaborate on whether the aid had actually reached North Korea, and a spokesperson for the agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.North Korea imposed tough restrictions when the pandemic began last year, sealing its borders and other measures in what it saw as a matter of national survival. It had tested at least 40,700 people for the coronavirus with no positive results as of Sept. 23, the WHO reported. An official for South Korea’s unification ministry, which handles relations with the North, told the Yonhap news agency that while Chinese customs data showed that maritime shipping routes between North Korea and China appeared to be opening, signs of movement of goods through land routes between the two countries had not been detected.