it affects not only the lungs, but the whole body

The first 10 days after the onset of symptoms of the disease, the 38-year-old American was feeling quite well. He was not at risk; he had no chronic diseases.

– The man was examined, the disease was mild. The patient had a slight cough. Therefore, he was sent home for treatment, ”says the head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at Westchester Medical Center Sean Wengerter.

And then the incredible happened.

One morning, a man woke up with icy and numb legs. The body was constrained by terrible weakness; there was not even the strength to get out of bed.

The examination showed that the patient had aortic occlusion – a large blood clot formed in the main artery at the place where the artery diverged in two directions – to the right and left leg. Because of this clot, blood enriched with oxygen did not enter the iliac arteries.

“This is extremely dangerous.” From this can die from 20% to 50% of patients, – notes Vangerter. – But such things are not typical for 38-year-olds.

An emergency operation to remove a blood clot could save the patient’s life. But doctors working with patients with COVID-19 are everywhere faced with rather strange and frightening phenomena in infected patients. For example, the formation of blood clots (actually blood clots) of various sizes throughout the body, renal failure, inflammation of the heart muscle and malfunctions of the immune system.

“Coronavirus occurs in each patient in its own way,” notes Scott Brackenridge, associate professor of emergency surgery at the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. – In some cases, the patient has a problem with breathing, in others, the internal organs begin to fail. In children, the immune system as a whole begins to rebel.

Coronavirus is not just a respiratory diseasePhoto: Ivan MAKEEV

MYSTERIOUS STROKES

A new type of coronavirus is considered to be a respiratory virus, although it is already becoming obvious – the infection affects the entire human body. The most common symptoms are fever, pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

In this case, the virus attacks some organs directly. First of all, the mucous membrane of blood vessels, which entails unnatural coagulation of blood.

– COVID-19 provokes a local inflammatory reaction that leads to the formation of blood clots, – explains Wengerter. – This is due to the direct effect of the virus on the arteries.

A number of doctors recorded strokes in young patients with coronavirus, as well as the formation of blood clots in the lungs. Blood clots were found even in the smallest vessels.

“Since each organ feeds on blood vessels, and the virus attacks them first and foremost, we end up with damage to internal organs,” adds Dr. Scott Brackenridge.

Another serious symptom that is observed in some patients who become ill with the new coronavirus is the “co-fingers.” The infected toes swell, becoming red or purple. It is possible that the reason for this is blockage of blood vessels. But doctors say that usually this does not have serious consequences.

Kawasaki Syndrome

One of the most alarming reactions to COVID-19 is observed in children. It has already been named as a children’s multisystem inflammatory syndrome. In newYork Doctors have identified more than 100 cases.

This syndrome is characterized by a rather long fever, inflammatory process, malfunction of one or more internal organs, as well as the general condition, which is usually observed with shock. Pediatricians also compare these symptoms with the syndrome. Kawasaki.

Kawasaki syndrome is a rare disease that affects children aged 3 to 10 years. It is characterized by damage to the medium and small arteries, thrombosis, the formation of aneurysms and rupture of the vascular wall. Cases of infection are rare. However, recently, doctors have noted an increase in the number of patients with this syndrome.

Both childhood multisystem inflammatory syndrome and Kawasaki syndrome lead to an overly aggressive immune system response to coronavirus. This may be accompanied by inflammation of the blood vessels and heart muscle.

KILLER CELLS

However, scientists note that coronavirus is not able to cause a strong immune response, but, on the contrary, suppress the entire immune system. And this can allow the infection to freely attack the internal organs.

Partly this theory was confirmed by Chinese experts, led by Dr. Zhang Zhang. Scientists analyzed samples of immune cells taken from the lungs of 9 patients infected with coronavirus. The results of the study showed an abnormally high level of leukocytes – macrophages and neutrophils responsible for the destruction of harmful pathogen – in severe patients. At the same time, these patients had a rather low level of CD8 T cells, which are called killer cells. They are responsible for killing virus-infected cells.

But doctors are reassuring, noting that they have drugs that can thin the blood, and also help the work of white blood cells that resist infection.

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Doctors compared mortality of COVID and other infections

On the page of the doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov interesting information about the situation with infectious diseases in the world was published on the social network. And in particular that rotavirus infection causes hundreds of thousands of deaths per year in the world. Is the familiar and familiar rotavirus more dangerous than the coronavirus? “KP»Understands together with the immunologist, expert in public health and international health care, candidate of medical sciences Nikolay Kryuchkov.

– Of course, in addition to COVID-19, there are many other dangerous diseases in the world and these are not necessarily infectious diseases. Let me remind you that mortality from cardiovascular diseases is in the first place, also high mortality is associated with oncological diseases, in particular, lung cancer, and, of course, infectious diseases are also often the cause of death. However, the threat of rotavirus infection today is greatly exaggerated, said Nikolai Kryuchkov.

How many people die from rotavirus?

According to pessimistic estimates provided by the World Health Organization, around the world in 2013, 215 thousand children under the age of five died from rotavirus infection. According to other data obtained in international studies, this is 122 thousand deaths in 2013.

– The situation since 2013 in terms of mortality from rotavirus infection has not changed much. I think here we can talk about 200 thousand deaths per year among children under five years of age. Half of the world’s deaths occur in five countries: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Angola and Congo– emphasizes the immunologist Nikolai Kryuchkov. – In the media you can often find information that up to a third of deaths of children under five are caused by rotavirus. This is not true! The fact is that among all deaths of children under five years of age in the world, mortality from diarrhea accounts for about 8%, but among these 8% of deaths from diarrhea – from 25% to 30% are attributable to rotavirus. That is, it turns out about 200 thousand deaths of children under five years of age per year in the world, while more than 6 million children under five die in the world per year.

On the page of the doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov on the social network, interesting information was published on the situation with infectious diseasesPhoto: Ivan PROKHOROV

Is rotavirus disease relevant for Russia?

If you consider Europeyy region to which Russia, then the figures for mortality from diarrhea are lower than in developing countries. Mortality from diarrhea among children under five in Europe is 4% – 5% of all childhood deaths. About a quarter of them are rotavirus.

In Russia, according to WHO estimates, in 2013, 52 children under the age of five died from rotavirus infection, which is 0.3% of all other deaths of children under five years of age. Rotavirus infection is not the most common cause of death among children, and even more so among adults (the latter rarely die from rotavirus, so all statistics are data on the death of children – approx. Ed.).

– Rotavirus is a problem primarily in poor countries with a warm climate. For Russia, this is also a problem, but to a much lesser extent, ”said Nikolai Kryuchkov, a doctor. – It is important to emphasize that effective and safe rotavirus vaccines exist.

The incidence of rotavirus infection after the introduction of vaccination has decreased many times. In Russia, universal vaccination against rotavirus is not carried out, but, despite this, mortality is low, given that it is clear how to help such patients. The main thing here is replenishment of lost fluid and symptomatic therapy. Given these two factors — the availability of a vaccine and the development of affordable treatment — mortality from rotavirus is very low even among children from zero to five years old, not to mention adults. Among adults, these are isolated cases.

Who is worse: rotavirus or coronavirus?

According to epidemiologists, mortality (taking into account the number of deaths from the number of episodes of the disease) of rotavirus infection in the world is from 0.05% to 0.09%. This is comparable to mortality from seasonal flu. Yes, in the poorest countries it can reach up to 2%. However, in this case, only moderate to severe episodes are taken into account, and not all cases of rotavirus infection.

“With coronavirus infection, according to my most optimistic forecasts, the mortality rate in the world will be 2%,” says Nikolay Kryuchkov. – Let me remind you that now the mortality rate from COVID-19 in Russia is about 4%. AT Germany – 3.5%, and this is one of the best examples in Europe. Of course, a lot depends on how the data are kept and analyzed, but even though there are probably unaccounted cases, the mortality from coronavirus infection is much higher than the mortality from rotavirus. And the epidemic of coronavirus infection is still far from over.

“It is also important to understand that we are having a coronavirus pandemic, and the situation with rotavirus is under control.” The number of deaths from coronavirus is now growing, due to the fact that there is an increase in cases of infection. The daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection in the world is more than 5%, and in Russia today it is more than 8%. Therefore, it is obvious that the situation with rotavirus is stable, and the coronavirus pandemic for us is not known how it will end. The coronavirus infection pandemic continues to grow, it is important to understand this, ”Nikolay Kryuchkov emphasized in a conversation with“ KP ”. – When we talk about the number of deaths from rotavirus, 200 thousand people a year around the world among children under five years of age are deaths that happened in a year! As we know, the coronavirus epidemic lasts about four months. This is significantly less than a year.


The daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection in the world is more than 5%, and in Russia today it is more than 8% Photo: Ivan MAKEEV

The daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection in the world is more than 5%, and in Russia today it is more than 8%Photo: Ivan MAKEEV

How many deaths from coronavirus infection will be in a year (given that, according to the data of May 3, 243,922 people died in the world – approx. Ed.)? Yes, there are other dangerous infections in the world, but many of them can be protected. This is Hepatitis B, and pneumococcal infection, tetanus, and so on. And Dr. Myasnikov rightly points out the need for widespread vaccination against the most dangerous and common infections. Unfortunately, there are no vaccines from COVID-19 yet, they will be ready by the spring of next year at best.

Also, an important difference between the course of rotavirus infection and coronavirus infection: hospitalization with rotavirus disease in developed countries is very rare. All necessary treatment conditions can be provided at home. With coronavirus, the patient often needs active therapy, which can only be provided in a specialized medical institution.

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Dr. Myasnikov gives such statistics on mortality from infections (in the world for a year)

Measles (there is a vaccine) – 140 thousand deaths per year

Pneumococcus (there is a vaccine) – 2 -2.5 million deaths per year

Hepatitis B (there is a vaccine) – 650 thousand deaths per year

Tetanus (there is a vaccine) – 89 thousand deaths per year

Cervical cancer (there is a vaccine) – 250 thousand deaths per year

Tuberculosis (there is a vaccine) – 1.5 million deaths per year

Influenza (there is a vaccine) – 650 thousand-1 million deaths per year

Coronavirus (no vaccine) – 244 thousand deaths from the beginning of the spread

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Soloist Little Big Sophia Tayurskaya shocked with pictures before losing weight

Looking at the soloist of the popular Little Big group Sofya Tayurskaya, it is hard to imagine that this miniature brown-haired woman could have problems with being overweight. However, the 28-year-old singer decided to show how she looked before losing weight.

Sophia Tayurskaya loves to experiment with her appearance. It appears in provocative outfits, demonstrating mouth-watering forms. Fans are often interested in how their pet keeps fit. The other day, the singer made a live broadcast with her followers. The audience once again asked whether the Little Big vocalist has always been such a beauty.

Sophia did not hide and showed bold pictures before losing weight. In a girl in a red ball gown, it is almost impossible to recognize Sophia.

Tayurskaya did not say how much she weighed before losing weight. However, judging by the pictures, she had to lose about 30 kgPhoto: Personal archive

Tayurskaya was born in Irkutsk, from childhood, was engaged in music. In the family, she was the youngest, third child. Her childhood passed in the Arkhangelsk region in a small town Novodvinsk. After school, the girl moved to St.Petersburg.

During her studies, she worked part time, speaking in a cafe and karaoke. In college, the girl was overweight. She could not get rid of extra pounds for a long time. I followed a diet and went in for sports. Gradually, all efforts brought results.


Fans were shocked by what they saw Photo: Personal archive

Fans were shocked by what they sawPhoto: Personal archive

Now the singer’s height is -164 cm, she weighs 54 kg. At the same time, Tayurskaya did not say how much she weighed before losing weight. However, judging by the pictures, she had to lose about 30 kg.

Fans were shocked by what they saw. Many do not hide their admiration for such a sharp transformation of the idol. Moreover, the public noticed that at the beginning of her career, the girl’s head was decorated with a thick long scythe. Now Tayurskaya most often loosens her hair. The singer is a real decoration of the St. Petersburg team.

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GAC Trumpchi GS8S Sales Launched

SUV is available at a price of 1.6 million.

In the Chinese market today started selling a new SUV GAC Trumpchi GS8S. It is available at prices ranging from 158,000 to 192,800 yuan, equivalent to 1 663 000 – 2 000 000 rubles.

The Chinese SUV received an updated front end, which became more muscular than the GS8 – a real Chinese “macho”. The car boasts a new grille with vertical bars, which replaced the cascade.

The back of the GAC Trumpchi GS8S remained virtually without changes – except for the bumper. There is also silver protective plastic, and two exhaust pipes give the SUV brutality.

New Chinese impressive in size: length is 4,740 mm, width – 1,910 mm, and height – 1,775 mm. Inside, the GAC Trumpchi GS8S is similar to the Trumpchi GS8 model – a large dashboard, a 10.1-inch touch screen, and a 12.3-inch will be available for more expensive trim levels.

Under the hood SUV is a 2.0-liter 4B20J1 engine, issuing 252 horsepower. The motor works in conjunction with the 6-speed AMT manufacturer Aisin.

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9-year-old babe played with a cable and ended up hanging 15 meters high

A 9-year-old girl playing next to the installation of a new power line in the city of Tangerang (Indonesia) ended up hanging 15 meters high and desperately asking for help.

The episode was recorded when the little girl took a cable and was blown up by the operators who installed it and who did not record that the little girl was digging the place.

The minor was hung 15 meters high and began to call for help desperately and before the astonished gaze of the workers who did not understand what was happening.

They were finally able to rescue her and the story, which could have ended in tragedy, had a happy ending.

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Asymptomatic carriers, scientists called the “coronavirus vaccine”

Collective immunization takes place at the expense of these people.

Up to 50 percent of infected people carry the virus without symptomsUp to 50 percent of infected people carry the virus without symptomsPhoto: REUTERS

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Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers do what the vaccine should do. So says the Head of the department of interferons and the laboratory of interferonogenesis at the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Gamalei, academician of RAS Felix Ershov

A vaccine that scientists around the world are working on should lead to collective immunity from the disease. As in the case of the flu. The more people vaccinated, that is, not susceptible to the virus, the less the spread of the disease. There is no vaccine from coronavirus, then collective immunization can take place at the expense of asymptomatic people:

– These are mainly young people, children. They spread the virus and, in fact, do what the vaccine should do: collective immunization is underway. When it reaches 70%, the growth of the disease will end. This process is well known among viral infections, ”the scientist said on the air. NSN.

But the danger is that this process is uncontrolled, asymptomatic carriers can infect people at risk: the elderly, people with chronic diseases. For this category of patients, infection can be deadly.

– It is necessary to maintain strict control measures. They have already allowed to reduce the incidence – it is not explosive, ”advises Felix Ershov. – People need to wash their hands more often. Patients must wear masks. Healthy, not necessarily, rather it is necessary for complacency.

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1799: Jeanne-Geneviève Labrosse combines the female parachute

Every week with RetroNews, the BNF press site, back on a sports story as told by the press of the time. This Saturday, the story of the first female parachute jump, in October 1799.

It’s not easy for a man and a woman in 1799 to get laid. In the proper sense of the term. André-Jacques Garnerin and a young citizen notice this. No question for the “central office”, the Paris police, to allow two people of the opposite sex to jointly reach the first sky aboard a balloon. No matter the reputation of André-Jacques Garnerin. He is the “balloonist of public holidays”, the one who offers the barges a moment of excitement tinged with funk by offering them a little balloon ride. He is also, and above all, the first man to have made a parachute jump in history. It was October 22, 1797 (1er Brumaire, year VI of the republican calendar) above the Parc Monceau (in Paris).

Garnerin is as obstinate as daredevil. He challenges the police decision and wins, as stated the Universal Chronicle June 15, 1798. “Citizen Garnerin announces that the defense which had been made to him to rise in the air, with a person of another sex, has just been lifted by the department of the Seine […]. The letter from the central administration to citizen Garnerin reads as follows: “Citizen, according to the complaint you addressed against the decree of the central office, which prohibits you from traveling in an aerostat with a young citizen, we consulted the Minister of the Interior and that of the general police, who both agree with our opinion, and think that it is no more scandal to see two people of different sexes rise together in the air, only to see them get into the same car, and that besides we can not prevent a woman of full age from doing in this respect what we allow men, and to give by rising in the airs a proof of both confidence in the processes and fearlessness […]. “” Garnerin explains to the newspaper that during the flight, he will not only be accompanied by a young citizen “With an extreme joy to see the day of the journey approaching”, but also animals, which will be dropped hanging on a parachute.

“The great aerostatic experiments continue, written the Gazette November 7, 1798, and women who no longer need men in this respect, will make observations on their own which they have not yet been aware of. “ The next daring are the citizens Henry and Labrosse, “Students in ballooning of citizen Garnerin”. “They will take an air balloon trip on the 20th of this month to the Garden of Apollo […]. They will make meteorological observations and various interesting experiences; when they reach an elevation of 300 toises [soit environ 600 mètres, une toise équivalant à 1,949 mètre, ndlr] they will launch a Garnerin-style parachute. ”

Following this first exclusively female flight, the Universal Chronicle November 17, 1798 proposes the “Report from citizens Henry and Labrosse on their air travel”. “We will not repeat here what the first air navigators described delightful sensations which one tastes while leaving the ground ground, and of the ecstasy which inspire the beauty and the grandeur of the picture of nature, tell the intrepid. We will say that we were penetrated by it, that we gave ourselves over entirely, until a very cold cold awoke us from our distraction. So we waved the tricolor, always signal of triumph and victory! Citizen Labrosse wrote a post containing these words: “Our fate is pleasant, we are without fear and without worry.” We tied him to the neck of a turtledove that we locked in a cage and we made him descend with a parachute that we had built, according to the method of Citizen Garnerin; our message has arrived safely. ”


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We don’t stop Jeanne Labrosse. The Courier of shows September 30, 1799, announces a “Extraordinary experience”. “Today, parachute descent of the citizen Labrosse (between 2 and 4 hours). It will rise up to 1,200 meters: from this immense height it will separate from its aerostat, and descend to the ground. “

It was not until October 13, 1799 that Jeanne Labrosse became the first woman to perform a parachute jump. His mentor, André-Jacques Garnerin, confesses to Friend of Laws from the next day the emotion that this feat gave him. “Yesterday, the experiment with the balloon ascent and the parachute descent of Citizen Labrosse was a complete success; I’ve never seen anything so impressive. The courage, skill and presence of mind of this kind and interesting person is second to none. I will always be proud to have trained a student whose beginning in my art will mark an epoch in the history of the century. “ Especially as we understand that the attempt was the subject of serious controversy: “His triumph immortalizes him, continues Garnerin, it confuses wickedness, crushes the serpent which dictated against it the abominable pamphlet with which Paris has just been flooded. Never has the slanderous monster exercised its rage with such fury and daring; surely people’s magistrates will believe in their dignity to have the perpetrators searched for and punished. ” We disclose: Jeanne-Geneviève Labrosse and André-Jacques Garnerin will marry a little later.

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The rest of the story belongs above all to Garnerin who multiplies the exploits aboard hot air balloons. In October 1803, he made the first long distance air journey, 300 km between Moscow and Polova in Russia. Four years later, in November 1807, he took off from Paris and flew amidst thunderstorms before running aground seven hours later and 395 kilometers further in a German forest. The balloon made the glory of André-Jacques Garnerin, it will cause his death, in the stupidest of ways, at 54 years old, on August 18, 1823 in Paris. On the site of a new balloon prototype, he was killed by the fall of a beam. Jeanne-Geneviève Labrosse, his widow, survived him for twenty-four years and died in 1847 at 72 years of age.

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Are you breakfast in bed or laptop on the sofa? This is the most valued folding tray on Amazon | Showcase

Comfort is one of the maxims that we look for when we spend long moments at home. But it is not always easy, given the circumstances, to find elements that favor our rest. There are all kinds and for many situations such as those that help us achieve a restful sleep (using a memory foam topper), avoiding bad body postures (a change of pillow may be the most appropriate solution) or provide a more subdued atmosphere to the living room (with the help of insulating curtains). But if what we want is to relax on the sofa while enjoying the favorite series or in bed, accompanied by a good breakfast, the alternative that we propose may be very useful: Amazon’s Top-Rated Folding Tray.

The TaoTronics brand article exceeds 100 ratings and is highly rated on the US e-commerce platform: 4.8 out of 5 stars; an item that is in a very affordable price range given its benefits: it is below 45 euros. It is also one of the best-selling products on Amazon in the category of Lap Stands for Laptops and Netbooks, and users who have already purchased it, highlight, in particular, five key aspects: its comfort, versatility, durability, ease of folding and, of course, stability.

“Just what i was looking for. It’s great. The laptop does not slip. It is strong and stable. Color is very beautiful. It is very comfortable to study or eat with it ”, indicates a user. Another of its virtues that also stand out is its usefulness to alleviate muscular or other physical problems: “I use it on the sofa or on the work table and thus I have the computer or documents at eye level and I do not have than bowing my head, thus avoiding much pain “, another buyer comments.

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Five elevation levels and tilt angles

Its versatility is proven when adapting to the task that we carry out at all times: we can vary the height of the support at our whim through five different levels: from 24 to 32 centimeters. And its surface has several tilt modes to make life easier in the case of sitting, slightly reclined or lying down. “It has a great variety of heights and degrees of inclination, it is difficult not to find a configuration that is comfortable”, comments a buyer.

The materials with which the product is made are mainly two, and are designed to give stability while providing a feeling of lightness. The tray is made of wood fiber and the entire surface is covered with a thin PVC plastic film, protecting it from possible scratches: “I give it a high score because the quality of the wood is very good”, argues a user.

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Multipurpose, stable, compact and foldable design

A mini desk that serves us for breakfast, reading a book, enjoying a family snack or our favorite movies and series alone. If we focus on the small details, we will be able to observe several features that do not go unnoticed: such as its lower bezel with stops to prevent slipping of the mouse or the laptop, as well as its practical and soft palm rest: “Thanks to the rubber it has, the recline the table, the computer does not move “, explains a user. “To read in bed or on the sofa is very comfortable”, another congratulates himself.

Its weight does not reach 2.5 kilograms and, instead, it supports up to 10 kg of weight without problems. With a simple and functional design – its dimensions are 60 x 33 x 5.5 cm – it equips anti-slip feet, and it will become an indispensable product not only when it comes to teleworking but in our leisure time. Without forgetting that, being foldable, it will greatly facilitate its storage: “It is a very comfortable and easy to handle table”, claims a buyer. Also, remember that if you prefer it in another color, you can also buy it at a lower price.

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Have you wondered how big the Xbox Series X is? Microsoft compares it to a scale refrigerator – Notebookcheck.net

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North Korea launches two missiles to the sea | International

North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles from the city of Wonsan, on its east coast, as reported by the General Staff of South Korea in a statement. The two projectiles reached a maximum height of 35 kilometers and traveled a distance of 240 kilometers before falling into the sea. “Our Army is monitoring the situation in case there are other launches,” the South Korean General Staff said in its brief statement. The Security Council in Seoul has expressed its “strong concern” over the testing of northern weapons in the Wonsan area, 180 kilometers from Seoul.

With this launch, North Korea seems to begin its annual missile launch season. This country usually tests its armament during the warmer months and suspends the launches during the winter. Until now, the last North Korean weapons test had occurred on November 28, when Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles from Wonsan.

Last Friday the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, had appeared in public to supervise some maneuvers of his Army.

The launch comes amid uncertainty over the Covid-19 epidemic, which has already claimed more than 3,000 lives worldwide. The two most affected countries – China, with 80,000 infected, and South Korea, with about 4,000 – have borders with North Korea. Precisely, one of the events that South Korea has canceled due to the epidemic is the military maneuvers it celebrates in April with the United States, and to which the North usually responds with missile tests.

Pyongyang has not reported any cases within its borders, but prepares the evacuation of diplomats and representatives of foreign NGOs, according to CNN, which has indicated that the departure flight could take place next Friday to Vladivostok, in Russia.

In his statements on Friday, Kim Jong-un warned that “if the infectious disease that spreads without control finds its way to our country, it will have serious consequences.” “No special cases should be allowed within the state system against epidemics,” he added, quoted by the state agency KCNA. He also gave orders to “close every space and channel through which infectious disease can arrive, and strengthen controls, tests and quarantines.”

South Korea has offered to collaborate with the North to prevent the spread of the epidemic, although so far the neighboring country has not responded to the offer. “Our Government will prepare for inter-Korean cooperation in matters of health, disease prevention, climate change, natural disasters and other areas when the right conditions exist,” the spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Seoul said in a press conference, Yoh Sang-key, cited by the South Korean agency Yonhap.

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