UK Embassy in North Korea temporarily closed, all staff members left country
- 28 May 2020
The UK Embassy in North Korea has been temporarily closed with all staff members having left the country amid the coronavirus-linked restrictions introduced by Pyongyang, UK Ambassador to North Korea Colin Crooks said on Thursday, APA reports citing Sputnik.
"The British Embassy in Pyongyang closed temporarily on 27 May 2020 and all diplomatic staff have left the DPRK for the time being", Crooks wrote on his Twitter page.
On 4 February, North Korea restricted the movement of staff members of foreign diplomatic missions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting from 13 February, foreign diplomats must go through a 30-day quarantine at border checkpoints after arriving in North Korea.
North Korea has not officially confirmed coronavirus cases so far.
The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, around 5.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with almost 350,000 fatalities, according to the World Health Organization dashboard.