2021-10-07 23:37:59 North Korea Accepts Covid Supplies, and Other World News

North Korea Accepts Covid Supplies, and Other World News

The World Health Organization announced on Thursday that it had resumed shipments of medical supplies to North Korea to assist with its Covid-19 response, indicating a relaxation of Pyongyang’s closed-border policies imposed early in the pandemic.

The agency stated that its medical supplies, along with other international supplies destined for North Korea, became stranded in China after Pyongyang sealed the country’s borders in January 2020, when Covid-19 was declared a public health emergency of international concern.

North Korea’s Ministry of Public Health informed the World Health Organization several months ago that it would allow the stranded supplies to be transported through the northern Chinese port of Dalian, said Tarik Jasarevic, a W.H.O. spokesman, in an emailed statement.

As a result, he said, the agency had sent some medical supplies and equipment to the North Korean port of Nampo.

According to the World Health Organization, its shipments to North Korea included health kits, medicines, and other medical supplies to support essential health services at primary health care centers.

According to the agency, these supplies are still quarantined in Nampo.

In other news, the following events occurred around the world:

France’s authorities announced on Oct. 15 that coronavirus screening tests for unvaccinated people would no longer be free, signaling a new phase in the government’s strategy to encourage immunizations. Unvaccinated people will now bear the financial burden of proving their coronavirus status, as required by a law passed this summer before they can enter cafes, restaurants, theaters, and other indoor venues.

According to Reuters, the 14-day average of new daily coronavirus cases in Spain fell below 50 per 100,000 people on Thursday for the first time in more than a year. On Twitter, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called the return to low-risk status “a critical milestone on the road to recovery.”

Starting on Saturday, Greece will begin a two-week test of lifting some pandemic restrictions in areas with the highest coronavirus cases, but only vaccinated people will be able to take advantage of the increased freedom. The restrictions, which included a curfew from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. and a ban on music in bars and restaurants, were implemented last month in “red areas” across much of the country’s north and parts of its center to combat a fourth wave of the virus. Unvaccinated people who cannot demonstrate that they have recently recovered from Covid are still barred from entering indoor venues such as bars, cafes, and restaurants.

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North Korea Accepts Covid Supplies, and Other World News