North Korea has shut its borders to foreign tourists in a bid to keep out the mysterious, pneumonia-like Corona virus spreading in China next door. A leading tour operator, Young Pioneer Tours, said its travel partners in North Korea had informed it that they were unable to accept tourists temporarily because of the virus. No suspected infections have been reported in North Korea. “I would assume that North Korea will treat this matter much like Ebola back in 2014-2015 so this will affect all foreigners going to North Korea,” Rowan Beard of YPT said in an email, adding that no quarantine has been announced by North Korean customs authorities. “The DPRK government’s costly decision to suspend all foreign tourists is a reasonable strategy to minimize the risk of domestic spread of the new virus,” said Kee Park, a global surgery scholar at Harvard Medical School who has worked extensively in North Korea.
Source: Sunday Observer January 22, 2020 04:10 UTC