The South Korean Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday that the North Korean deserter, who is said to have returned to North Korea this weekend, is not infected with coronavirus as there is no evidence that he has become ill or has had contact with the infected, the reports Korean News Agency Yonhap.
Official North Korean media reported on Sunday that a North Korean deserter from South Korea had arrived in Kaesong, saying that he had arrived infected with coronavirus. The authorities therefore ordered detention measures in this city.
“The person is neither registered as a COVID-19 patient nor classified as a person who has contact with patients with the virus,” said Yoon Tae Ho, a senior official from the South Korean Ministry of Health, in an appearance on Monday. in front of the South Korean press.
Yoon said that the South Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) performed coronavirus tests on two people who were in close contact with the deserter, and the result was negative in both cases.
The South Korean army, for its part, has stated that the defector crossed the border by swimming from Gwanghwa Island after going through a barbed drain to escape the control of South Korean border guards.