North Korea orders Pyongyang ‘lockdown’ for 5 days after ‘respiratory disease’ cases

North Korea has imposed a five-day lockdown on Pyongyang after an increasing number of unspecified respiratory illnesses emerged.

NK News website, which monitors the situation in North Korea. Referring to the North Korean government’s announcement on Tuesday (January 24) ordering residents of the capital to stay in their homes until Sunday, January 29, and submit their body temperature results to authorities multiple times daily But there was no mention of “Covid -19”.

NK News also claimed that some people in Pyongyang have started stockpiling food and essential goods. Concerns that the government will take tougher measures And it is unclear whether North Korea has imposed locks on other areas as well.

The North Korean government first admitted last year that there was an outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, but has never confirmed the number of COVID-19 cases. This may be partly due to the lack of capacity for widespread testing. He therefore resorted to reporting the number of “fever” cases, which amounted to about 4.77 million out of a population of 25 million, and declared “victory” over COVID-19 in August.

North Korean media continues to publish information about measures against respiratory infectious diseases such as the flu, but no new lockdown orders have been reported.

The KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday that the city of Kaesong, which borders South Korea, launched a campaign for citizens to “Comply with voluntary disease control measures. Be it in the workplace and/or in everyday life.”

Source: Reuters

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