Authorities in the Chinese city of Dandong, which sits on the border with North Korea, have indicated that they suspect winds have swept COVID-19 into their city from their ailing neighbor.
According to the local pro-government Chinese outlet Global Times, Dandong is currently facing a spike in daily coronavirus cases, but city officials have been unable to establish a chain of transmission for the spread, nor have they determined how the virus is entering the city, Bloomberg first reported.
One potential answer they’ve reached is that the wind may be blowing the virus into residents’ homes from epidemic-stricken North Korea. According to NK News, Kim Jong Un’s regime has recorded more than 4.2 million “fever cases” — likely to be COVID-19 cases that the country can’t confirm due to a lack of testing kits,
In an online notice published on May 31, Dandong authorities urged residents to keep their windows open for ventilation and close them if one lives along the Yalu border river and there are southerly winds blowing.