July 29, 2021

Dozens of foreigners evacuate after quarantine in North Korea

A charter flight transported dozens of foreigners residing in North Korea on Monday to Russia who have decided to leave the country after spending a long quarantine activated to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the Flight Radar website, the aircraft of the North Korean airline Air Koryo from Pionyang landed at Vladivostok airport, in the Russian Far East, at 10.48 local time (0.48 GMT).

The plane, which was initially scheduled to fly last Friday and whose departure was delayed until Monday for unknown reasons, is believed to have transported some 60 people, many of them diplomats and employees of international organizations.

The British ambassador to North Korea, Colin Crooks, confirmed in a message on the social network Twitter that all foreign personnel from the French and German embassies in the North Korean capital traveled aboard this plane.

The flight of Air Koryo is the first that leaves North Korea in several weeks after the country decided to close its borders at the end of January to prevent the entry of the coronavirus.

Another of the measures adopted, apart from the closure of schools or the cancellation of public events, was the activation of a quarantine only for foreigners.

This quarantine, lasting more than one month (concluded on March 2), has been criticized by some, given that the majority of those affected had not left North Korea for a long time and because the closure has also prevented representatives of the Organization World Health (WHO) know first hand what is the situation in the country with respect to the coronavirus.

North Korea also keeps thousands of its citizens in domestic quarantine, but insists that it has not detected a single case of coronavirus to date.

Experts believe that the spread of the virus in the impoverished country could have dire consequences due to the important deficiencies of its health system.


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