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North Korea capital in 5-day lockdown over ‘respiratory illness’: Report

World NewsNorth Korea capital in 5-day lockdown over ‘respiratory illness’: Report

Reuters | | Posted by Ritu Maria Jani.

I authorities North Korean Seoul-based NK News reported Wednesday, citing a government notice, that the capital Pyongyang had ordered a five-day lockdown due to rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness.

According to North Korea’s NK News, the notice did not mention COVID-19, but said the city’s residents were required to stay indoors until late Sunday and have their temperatures taken several times each day. Must check.

On Tuesday, the website reported that Pyongyang residents appeared to be stockpiling supplies in anticipation of tougher measures. It is not clear if other regions of the country have imposed new lockdowns.

North Korea acknowledged its first COVID-19 outbreak last year, but by August had declared victory over the virus.

The secretive country has never confirmed how many people have caught COVID, apparently because it lacks the means to conduct widespread testing.

Instead, it reported the number of daily fever patients, which rose to 4.77 million out of a population of about 25 million. But it has not reported such cases since July 29.

State media have continued to report on anti-pandemic measures to fight respiratory diseases, including the flu, but have yet to report on the lockdown order.

On Tuesday, the state news agency KCNA said the city of Kaesong, near the South Korean border, had stepped up a public communication campaign “so that all working people can volunteer to fight the epidemic in their work and life.” Follow the rules.”

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