İrem UZUN -TDO- China has told North Korea it is willing to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in a note from President Xi Jinping to his counterpart Kim Jong-un.
On Friday, North Korean state media has reported that the leader Kim Jong-Un had sent a verbal message to the Chinese president that to congratulate him and highly appreciate that he is seizing a chance of victory in the war against the unprecedented epidemic. In his response, Xi said he was very concerned about the situation in North Korea and the health of its people, and said he was pleased that its efforts to control the respiratory illness had achieved positive results.
“China is willing to step up cooperation to contain the pandemic with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and provide assistance to the DPRK... With the joint efforts of both China and the DPRK and the international community, the final victory in this fight against epidemic will be achieved,” Xi said according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.
North Korea has not reported a single COVID-19 case yet. It was the first country to suspend tourism and to shut its borders in response to the virus, in the third week of January. The country has a fragile health system, experts said it would be quickly overwhelmed by even a small outbreak of coronavirus, BBC reports.