Diplomats from a number of countries left North Korea after Pyongyang abolished the monthly quarantine for them, which was introduced as a precaution against coronavirus. It is reported by the Associated Press.
"It’s sad to say goodbye this morning to colleagues from the German embassies and the French mission in North Korea, which are temporarily closing," wrote Colin Crooks, British Ambassador to Pyongyang on Twitter.
He added that the British embassy in DPRK will not stop working.
The French Foreign Ministry last week confirmed that it plans to temporarily close the cooperation office in Pyongyang.
On March 2, the DPRK authorities abolished the monthly quarantine for foreign diplomats based in Pyongyang. This allowed them to leave the country.
On Monday, at 10:49 local time, a special North Korean Air Koyro 271 flight arrived at Vladivostok International Airport, on which presumably were dozens of diplomats and other foreigners who left the DPRK.
North Korea has not publicly confirmed a single case of COVID-19 but decided to harden preventive measures by quarantining thousands of people.
Pyongyang called its anti-virus campaign the issue of "national existence", banning the entry of foreign tourists. Almost all cross-border traffic with China has been discontinued.
Many experts say that North Korea is very vulnerable to infectious diseases due to chronic shortages of medicines and outdated health infrastructure.
The global economy could lose up to $ 2.7 trillion due to the spread of coronavirus.
This is stated by experts in a forecast by Bloomberg, which was released on March 7.
The authors of the study described four possible scenarios of the impact of the disease on the economy. If China, where the disease spread from, takes it under control, and the country's economy in the second quarter copes with the consequences caused by the virus, then the impact for the whole world and leading economies will be insignificant, experts say.
But if the Chinese authorities are unable to cope with Covid-19 and a large outbreak occurs in South Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy and France, then the global economy in 2020 will grow by only 2.3 percent.