A defector blamed by pyongyang for spreading coronavirus inside north korea after cycling over the border from south korea doesn't seem to are contaminated because of the dangerous condition.

On monday, yoon tae-ho, a south korean wellness ministry authoritative, said: the [defector] is neither signed up as a covid-19 patient nor categorized as somebody who came in contact with virus customers.

Seouls declaration, which arrived two days after north korean frontrunner kim jong un relocated to secure down the border city of kaesong in reaction to your possible covid-19 outbreak, increases additional questions regarding the veracity of pyongyangs claims on the source of transmission.

According to north korean state media, mr kim on saturday declared a situation of disaster in kaesong, which is about 50km north-west of seoul, in a bid to cut off any tracks of transmission between areas.

Officials in pyongyang blamed a north korean runaway, which came back from southern korea on july 19, when it comes to potential transmission ofcovid-19. it absolutely was maybe not straight away clear the reason why the defector made a decision to come back to north korea.

The lockdown and formal announcements marked the first time the secretive state had acknowledged the global pandemic might have breached its boundaries.

The defector considered to be a 24-year-old surnamed kim which initially escaped north korea 3 years ago in addition to people he had touch, have now been put in quarantine, north korea's condition news agency said on sunday.

Defence officials in seoul on monday explained exactly how mr kim gone back to north korea. they think he most likely evaded south korean protections via a strain pipeline underneath a barbed-wire fence on ganghwa island prior to cycling a number of kilometres across a river channel to north korea.

We spotted the precise location from where he fled into north from ganghwa island, as a bag believed to belong to the person had been found, stated colonel kim jun-rak, a military spokesperson.

The potential for a coronavirus outbreak inside north korea has actually sparked issue among intercontinental health specialists on the vulnerability associated with countrys 25m people. many north koreans already experience health problems, including malnutrition and weak protected systems. additionally there is a severe lack of products of examination and protective gear.

Kee park, a lecturer at harvard healthcare school who's worked inside north korea, stated pyongyangs lockdown steps since january that have included tight limitations regarding the external and internal motion of people and products could stem coronavirus outbreaks inspite of the massive monetary cost.

North korea can perform a very effective task in stopping an outbreak, or if perhaps discover an outbreak, controlling it immediately, mr park stated. but [if discover an outbreak], the capacity to treat, specifically acutely ill customers, is extremely limited at the moment in addition they realize.