N. Korea puts Pyongyang under semi-lockdown amid COVID-19 fears

N. Korea puts Pyongyang under semi-lockdown amid COVID-19 fears

North Korea has put its capital Pyongyang under virtual semi-lockdown in the face of rising concern that COVID-19 could penetrate the country.

North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported on Friday that health authorities in Pyongyang

had reinforced quarantine checkpoints in critical areas, including subway stations, bus terminals, and entry points into the city.

KCNA also reported that passage in and out of Pyongyang restricted, with about 40 new quarantine checkpoints set up in the city.

It appears authorities are strongly clamping down on Pyongyang with a semi-lockdown to prevent

unrest in the city as concern mounts that COVID-19 has entered the country with

the recent return of a defector from South Korea who reportedly displayed symptoms of the virus.

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In a separate article, the Rodong Sinmun also reported that authorities are supplying fuel, food and medical supplies

to residents in the border city of Kaesong, which they sealed off after the defector returned to the town.

In other articles, the paper criticized lax quarantine practices, which it blamed for leaving the door open for the coronavirus.

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