Pyongyang disinfects the city after North Korea introduced tougher curbs against coronavirus

UNTV News   •   July 29, 2020   •   450

North Korea’s state-run television on Tuesday (July 28) released a video of Pyongyang workers disinfecting the city as the state introduced tougher curbs against the coronavirus, after it locked down the town Kaesong, on the border with the South, to tackle what could be its first publicly confirmed infection.

Strict quarantine measures and the screening of districts were in progress and test kits, protective clothing and medical equipment were being supplied, the North’s KCNA state news agency said.

The measures come after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency on Sunday (July 26) after a person who defected to South Korea three years ago returned across the highly fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ) to Kaesong this month with symptoms of COVID-19, KCNA reported.

Reclusive North Korea had reported testing 1,211 people for the virus as of July 16 with all returning negative results, the World Health Organisation said in a statement sent to Reuters. The report said 696 nationals were under quarantine. (Reuters)

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DFA calls on North Korea to comply with int’l obligations after ballistic missile launch

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Following the ballistic missile launch of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on March 25, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has reiterated its call for the country to comply with international laws.

The Foreign Department, in a statement on Friday (March 31), expressed concern over DPRK’s latest ballistic missile launch saying the actions undermine regional peace and stability, not only in the Korean Peninsula, but also in the entire region.

The department said the DPRK should abide by the obligation under the resolutions set by the United Nations Security Council.

Two missiles were launched by North Korea into the sea near Japan on Thursday (March 25). AAC

Philippines reports largest daily rise of 8,773 new COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has logged another record high of 8,773 new COVID-19 cases in a day.

Based on latest bulletin of the Department of Health (DOH), as of  Thursday (March 25), the new infections pushed the country’s total COVID-19 tally to 693,048; of which 99,891 are active cases.

DOH also reported 574 patients have recovered from the viral disease, bringing the recovery count to 580,062.

The death toll also rose to 13,095 with 56 new fatalities.

Out of the confirmed cases 98% of them are mild or asymptomatic.

Quezon City, Manila, and Cavite are among the top cities/provinces with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. The case count in Quezon City is at 55,607. Manila has recorded 38,298 cases while Cavite has logged 32,792.

The Health Department also reported that bed occupancy rate is at 43.1% with 12,798 occupied beds. AAC

Philippines logs 7,757 new COVID-19 cases

UNTV News   •   March 21, 2021

MANILA —  The Philippines logged its second highest single-day record of COVID-19 cases on Sunday with 7,757, taking the active cases tally to 73,072.

In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said the country’s total caseload now stands at 663,794.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 577,754 with the addition of 15,288 new recoveries.

Meanwhile, the DOH also reported 39 new deaths, raising the death toll to 12,968.

The DOH reminded the public to avoid non-essential travel and observe strict adherence to minimum public health standards, which include the wearing of masks at all times even at home when living with other people, especially the vulnerable.

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