North Korea orders the capital to be closed due to a “respiratory disease”

North Korean authorities ordered a five-day lockdown in the capital, Pyongyang, due to a rise in infections with an unspecified respiratory disease.

And according to what was reported by the “Reuters” news agency, according to the Seoul-based (NK News) website, today (Wednesday), residents in the capital must stay in their homes until the end of Sunday, and they must undergo a temperature measurement more than once per day. This was quoting a government notification, and the website stated that the notification did not refer to the Corona virus.

The website, which monitors North Korea news, said yesterday that Pyongyang residents appeared to be stockpiling goods in anticipation of tougher measures. But it is not clear whether other regions in North Korea have already imposed new lockdowns.

North Korea recognized the first outbreak of the Corona virus last year, but in August it declared its victory over the pandemic.

It did not confirm the number of people infected with the virus, but it disclosed the number of those suffering from a high temperature, which rose to 4.77 million people out of its population of about 25 million.

North Korea has not reported such cases since July 29.

State media continued to cover measures to combat respiratory diseases, including influenza, but they have not yet referred to the closure order.

And the Korean Central News Agency said yesterday that the city of Kaesong, near the border with South Korea, has intensified popular campaigns “so that all workers abide by the rules to combat the epidemic voluntarily in their work and life.”

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