Ready to help North Korea combating coronavirus: US

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Seoul: The United States has said it will support efforts of aid organizations to contain the spread of the Chinese virus in the impoverished nation.

Media reports said North Korea has not reported any case of the new virus, but there are indications that an uncertain number of people were quarantined after showing symptoms.

Experts are of the view that an epidemic in North Korea could be dire because of its chronic lack of medical supplies and poor health care infrastructure.

North Korea has banned foreign tourists, intensified screening at airports, harbours and border areas, and mobilized some 30,000 health workers to monitor residents in a tough campaign to prevent the spread of the virus.

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