* International organisations have called for ‘life-saving intervention’ to allow aid to flow into country, which borders China, where virus was first identified
* Personal protective gear and testing kits urgently needed to prepare for possible outbreak, Red Cross says
The United States is “deeply concerned” about the possible impact of a coronavirus outbreak in North Korea and is prepared to facilitate efforts by US and international organisations to contain the spread of the virus there, the State Department said on Thursday.
“We strongly support and encourage the work of US and international aid and health organisations to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus in the DPRK,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said after the Red Cross called for an urgent exemption to sanctions on Pyongyang to help prevent a coronavirus outbreak.
“The United States is ready and prepared to expeditiously facilitate the approval of assistance from these organisations,” Ortagus added in a statement.
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WNU Editor: If the Covid-19 coronavirus takes a hold in North Korea, I agree with all the experts that this will be a disaster. The U.S. offer to help North Korea is the right thing to do.
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