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North Korea has taken stricter measures against the spread of that coronavirus around the capital Pyongyang.


State media, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap, are talking about preventive measures to keep the “malicious virus” at bay. Officially, North Korea is still corona-free.

Travellers to the capital via a western area should have their temperature checked. Goods must also be disinfected in warehouses. Doctors in a district in the south of Pyongyang should check daily whether residents have symptoms that could indicate a corona infection, such as fever or respiratory complaints.

Although authorities in the isolated dictatorship have not yet officially reported corona infections, hundreds of people are said to be in quarantine in the country.

State media had previously reported that public buildings, such as restaurants, in Pyongyang should close for the time being. The freedom of movement of residents of the capital would also be restricted.

According to South Korean intelligence, the economic problems in North Korea seem to be worsening due to how the coronavirus is being combated. The service reportedly reported to South Korean parliamentarians last month that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to be taking “irrational measures”.

For example, fishing and salt extraction would have been suspended, because the North Koreans fear that the coronavirus is in the seawater.

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