N. Korea officials warn of yellow dust from China, advise citizens to remain at home
Officials in North Korea have advised citizens to shelter in place because of dangerous “yellow dust” they allege is coming from China which could contain traces of the coronavirus.
Printed in Friday’s edition of the North Korean official party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, officials of the hermit nation said new measures and restrictions had become “critical” as health officials “deal with the yellow dust,” referring to sands from the Gobi Desert of China and Mongolia that periodically blow into North Korea from as far as 1,200 miles away.
There is no supported science to suggest that COVID-19 can be spread from such a distance. But the warning, from a nation that has thus far reported it has allegedly no cases of the virus, shows a growing concern for the disease that many experts believe would destroy the nation’s isolated economy should it experience a serious outbreak.
“People must pay attention to personal hygiene after returning from outside,” read part of the article in Rodong Sinmun.
The announcement was the second warning broadcast by state-controlled media this week after a Wednesday briefing broadcast on Korean Central Television instructed citizens to remain in place and noted that all construction throughout the country would be temporarily paused.