Kim Jong-un reprimands officials, speaks of ‘major crisis’
At a Workers’ Party meeting on Wednesday, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un reprimanded senior government officials for failures to prevent the pandemic. That has led to a “major crisis” and put people and the country at risk, Kim said, according to state news agency KCNA, according to Reuters. How these officials allegedly endangered people was not mentioned. North Korea has not yet reported a single official corona case. The reliability of these figures has been doubted for some time in the United States, among others.
According to state news agency KCNA, the North Korean leader said senior officials have failed to make “major decisions” by the Workers’ Party. In addition to the reprimands, other members of the government have been fired. Whether this also had to do with the “failures” within the approach to the corona pandemic was not reported.
By closing its borders, preventing gatherings and declaring a state of emergency, North Korea has tried to prevent the corona virus from entering the country for the past year. These measures likely had a major impact on the economy and on the most vulnerable in the country. South Korea, for example, pointed to a dire food shortage in the country in February this year. In addition, international aid organizations were unable to provide humanitarian aid to North Korea due to the strict corona measures.
Also read: ‘North Korea provokes to divert attention from corona and hunger’
As of today, free test option for a trip abroad
As of today, anyone who wants to can schedule a free corona test for a trip abroad. This free test option is currently only available in July and August and is intended for people who have not been (fully) vaccinated or who do not qualify for a so-called recovery certificate. Such evidence states that a person has recovered from a corona infection at most six months ago.
The test lanes offer both PCR and antigen testing. It differs per country whether a quick test is also accepted as a digital travel pass. With a rapid test, the result follows within three hours, with a PCR test within 24 hours. The travel pass can be requested from 1 July with the CoronaCheck app.
An appointment for a free corona test can be scheduled a maximum of two weeks before the departure date. People can get tested for free for travel destinations within the European Union as well as outside the EU. Different entry conditions apply in each country, so it is advisable to check these beforehand.
Also read: How does the digital travel pass work and can everyone get it?
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In this blog keeps NRC the latest news about the corona crisis in the Netherlands and abroad. These were the main developments on Tuesday 29 June:
- The latest economic support package, which takes effect on July 1 and lasts until the end of September, will also be the last. After fifteen months of extensions and expansions, the cabinet is starting to phase out the corona support.
- In the past seven days, RIVM has been 26 percent fewer positive tests registered than a week earlier, the institute’s weekly update showed. RIVM currently estimates that more than 17,000 contagious people are walking around in the Netherlands. In addition, no new corona patients were admitted to intensive care between Monday and Tuesday morning. That is the first time since October.
- The backlog at the GGD departments is over, as a result of which all data on people who have been vaccinated are now available stored in the central administration of the RIVM. Since Tuesday, users can see in the CoronaCheck app and on mijn.rivm.nl when they have been vaccinated and with what.
- The Health Council advises to vaccinate all 12 to 17-year-olds who wish to do so with the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. This is stated in an advice to outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health, CDA). Vaccinating adolescents would have ‘direct and indirect’ health benefits.
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