Skip to comments.Coronavirus: North Korea warnings over 'yellow dust coming from China'
Posted on 10/23/2020 4:41:20 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors over fears that "yellow dust" which blows in from China could bring coronavirus with it.
The streets of the capital Pyongyang were reported to be virtually empty on Thursday following the warning.
The secretive state claims to be coronavirus-free but has been on high alert since January with strict border closures and restrictions on movement.
There is no known link between the seasonal dust clouds and Covid-19.
However, they are not the only country to suggest a link. The BBC's Disinformation Team notes Turkmenistan also alleged virus-laden dust was the reason citizens were being told to wear masks. They have denied trying to cover up an outbreak.
State-controlled Korean Central Television (KCTV) broadcast special weather segments on Wednesday, warning of an influx of the yellow dust the next day. It also announced a nationwide ban on outdoor construction work.
Yellow dust refers to sand from Mongolian and Chinese deserts that blows into North and South Korea at certain times of the year. It is intermingled with toxic dust that for years has raised health concerns in both countries.
The Russian Embassy in Pyongyang said on its Facebook page the North Korean foreign ministry had warned it and other diplomatic missions and international organisations in the country about the dust storm, recommending all foreigners stay at home and tightly close their windows on Thursday.
North Korean state media has reasoned that research linking the coronavirus to airborne transmission means it "should take the incoming flow of yellow dust seriously", reported the specialist news site NK News.
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Nuke ‘em, North Korea!
‘Hoobie dust’... right?
LOL The virus is now impervious to sunlight? The Stupid abound.
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