North Korea locks down capital over ‘respiratory illness’


Observers hold Pyongyang’s ‘victory’ over Covid-19 claim in scant regard, considering it has one of the world’s worst healthcare systems and no drugs to combat the virus. – AFP pic, January 25, 2023.

NORTH Korea has ordered a five-day lockdown in the capital over “respiratory illness”, a report said today, 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 today to Sunday and must submit to multiple temperature checks each day, Seoul-based site NK News reported, citing a government notice.


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