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North Korea Claims Yellow Dust From China Spreads COVID-19

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North Korean authorities ordered its citizens to stay indoors and avoid the yellow dust blowing in from China which they claimed spread COVID-19.

North Korean authorities ordered its citizens to stay indoors and avoid the yellow dust blowing in from China which they claimed spread COVID-19.

North Korean state media made that claim during a weather program and said that  the Chinese yellow dust contained “coronavirus, pathogenic microorganisms, and toxic materials.”

The Russian Embassy in Pyongyang posted a statement on its Facebook page, saying it “highly recommends” people to stay inside.

“As we were told, these measures are due to the fact that COVID-19 can be introduced to the territory of the DPRK along with the ‘yellow dust’ particles,” said the Embassy.

The state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper claimed that malignant viruses can be transferred even by air.

The US Centres for Disease Control disputed North Korea’s claims and explained that it is extremely rare for someone to be infected by airborne particulates.

“There is no evidence of efficient spread (i.e. routine, rapid spread) to people far away or who enter a space hours after an infectious person was there,” said the CDC.