Foreign Affairs

Saudi Arabia eliminates Covid-19 travel restrictions to Vietnam, Turkey, India, and Ethiopia

On Monday, Saudi Arabia rescinded its ban on residents traveling to Turkey, India, Ethiopia, and Vietnam due to the coronavirus, according to the state-run SPA news agency. The monarchy eased restrictions to stop the virus’s spread earlier this month, including the necessity to wear face masks inside. Since North Korea initially disclosed in mid-May that it was battling a COVID-19 outbreak, the number of daily new instances of fever there has decreased, according to its state news agency, KCNA. However, it has not yet been made public how many of those instances had coronavirus testing results.

According to statistics made public by Chinese customs on Monday, North Korea did not import any face masks, thermometers, rubber gloves, ventilators, or vaccines from China in May. Comparatively, from January to April, more than 10.6 million masks, roughly 95,000 thermometers, and 1,000 non-invasive ventilators were imported from China.

Although South Korea and the US have offered assistance, including vaccines, Pyongyang has not reacted. The World Health Organization stated in June that it presumed the situation was growing worse, not better, as Pyongyang has never directly confirmed how many people had tested positive for the illness.

Overall, China’s exports to North Korea decreased by 85.2% in May from $98.1 million in April to $14.51 million. Soybeans, granulated sugar, soybean meal, and wheat flour made up the bulk of exports. According to records from Chinese customs, North Korea purchased soybeans for $2.97 million, granulated sugar for around $2.64 million, soybean meal worth $1.49 million, and wheat flour worth $846,598 in May.

The COVID-19 infections in China’s border city of Dandong led to deliberations that led to the suspension of cross-border freight train services with North Korea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on April 29.



By TIS Staffer
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