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North Korea locks down capital Pyongyang over respiratory illness

North Korea has ordered a five-day lockdown in the capital over “respiratory illness”, a report said Wednesday, in what appears to be the first city-wide restrictions since Pyongyang declared victory over Covid-19 in August 2022.

Residents of the North Korean capital have been ordered to stay in their homes from Wednesday to Sunday and must submit to multiple temperature checks each day, Seoul-based site NK News reported, citing a government notice.

The notice did not mention Covid-19 but said that the illnesses currently spreading in the capital included the common cold, report said.

The government order comes a day after NK News, citing sources in Pyongyang, reported that people in North Korea’s largest city appeared to be stocking up on goods in anticipation of a lockdown.

Source: AFP

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