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North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, to experience 5-day lockdown amid ‘respiratory illness’

North Korean capital Pyongyang will have to experience a five-day shut down amid rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness.

By wasmulhaq 
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Pyongyang: Lockdown is commonly related to COVID-19, but the North Korean capital Pyongyang will have to experience a five-day shut down amid rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness, announced by the North Korean authorities, as stated by Seoul-based NK News reported on Wednesday, citing a government notice.

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Residents of Pyongyang have been asked to stay in their respective homes until Sunday, and they have to submit multiple temperature checks report each day. In fact, the notice did not mention anything regarding COVID-19.

As per a report on a website, residents of Pyongyang were busy purchasing essential items in bulk in anticipation of stricter measures. It is unknown whether other parts of the country have imposed new lockdowns.

North Korea revealed its first COVID-19 outbreak last year; later in August, it declared its victory over the deadly virus.

North Korea never made its data public.The secretive country reported that patients with symptoms of fever numbered 4.77 million, out of a population of about 25 million. But after July 29, no report was exposed by North Korea.

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

State news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday that in the city of Kaesong, authorities had escalated public communication campaigns near the border with South Korea and warned people to take care of the pandemic in their work and lives.

 

 

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