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Lockdown reports suggest North Korea may be quietly working on COVID resurgence

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Soulnorth korea It ordered a five-day lockdown in the capital for “respiratory illness” in what appears to be the first city-wide restrictions since the country declared victory, it was reported Wednesday. COVID-19 (new coronavirus infectious disease) Residents of Pyongyang have been ordered to stay at home from Wednesday to Sunday and have to undergo temperature checks multiple times each day, Seoul-based specialist website NK News reported, citing a government notice.

The notice did not mention COVID, but said that the diseases currently prevalent in the capital include the common cold.

The government order came a day after NK News reported that people in the city appeared to be hoarding goods in anticipation of the lockdown, citing sources in Pyongyang. It is unclear whether the lockdown has been imposed, and state media have not announced any new measures.

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Health officials at the Ryonmot Trolley Bus Office sanitize a bus as part of precautionary measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Pyongyang, North Korea, June 9, 2022.

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Experts have suggested that North Korea’s largest city is likely dealing with the resurgence of COVID.

Ko Myung-hyun, a researcher at the Asan Policy Research Institute, said, “The new coronavirus is disappearing and reappearing not only in North Korea but around the world depending on the temperature.

The Korean peninsula is currently experiencing what weather forecasters describe as a Siberian cold snap, with temperatures in Pyongyang dropping to -22 degrees Celsius (-7.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

“It was too early for North Korea to celebrate its victory over the virus… COVID has resurfaced as temperatures have dropped,” Goh told AFP. “North Korea should have been somewhat prepared, but it seems the virus has returned a little sooner than they thought.”


Growing Concerns About How North Korea Is Dealing With COVID-19 Outbreak

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China, North Korea’s neighbor and major trading partner, recently abandoned its zero COVID policy, fought a wave of infectious diseases It overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums.

North Korea has maintained a strict lockdown since the start of the pandemic, but has allowed some trade with China.

In May last year, North Korea officially acknowledged first COVID outbreak However, he declared victory over the virus just three months later, calling it a “miracle”.

Experts, including the World Health Organization, have long questioned Pyongyang’s COVID statistics, claiming they had the outbreak under control.

Experts say North Korea’s healthcare system is one of the worst in the world, with ill-equipped hospitals, few intensive care units and no COVID drugs. It is reported that it may have received some vaccines from China, but it is not believed to have vaccinated 25 million people.

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