Activists have been sending balloons across the border for years to distribute hundreds of thousands of propaganda leaflets critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.North Korea has criticized South Korea’s leadership for failing to stop activists. World health officials say the coronavirus is spread by people in close contact who inhale airborne droplets, and is more likely to occur in closed, poorly ventilated spaces than outdoors. A spokesperson for the Southern Unification Ministry told journalists there was a consensus between South Korean health officials and World Health Organization experts: infections through contact with the coronavirus on the surface of materials is virtually impossible. There is no way the South Korean balloons could have carried and spread SARS-CoV-2 in North Korea, he reiterated. tense, in the midst of a long stalemate in US-led diplomacy to convince North Korea to abandon nuclear ambitions in exchange for economic and political benefits. North Korea’s epidemic center had found outbreaks of infection in the city of Ipho, near the southeastern border with South Korea, and that some residents with fever symptoms had traveled to Pyongyang. The center said an 18-year-old soldier and a child, aged 05, had contact with “foreign objects” in the city, at the beginning of April, and later obtained a positive result in tests for the Ómicron variant. Epidemic prevention ordered officials to “vigilantly deal with foreign objects brought by wind and other weather phenomena and balloons” along the inter-Korean border and follow the provenance. He also stressed that any Any person who finds “foreign objects” must immediately notify the authorities so that they can be removed. Balloon campaigns were largely stopped, after the previous South Korean government passed a law that criminalized them, not there were public actions of this kind in early April. An activist, who is on trial for past activities, launched balloons with propaganda leaflets across the border in late April. It sent twice more in June, but swapping the usual load of pamphlets for Covid-19-related items, such as masks and pain relievers. In previous statements about Covid-19, North Korea also said the virus could spread. whether through snowfall or migratory birds. The pandemic-related restrictions even included strict bans on entering seawater.

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