North Korea raises lockdown amid ‘stable’ Covid situation: report

North Korea raises lockdown amid 'stable' Covid situation: report

North Korea has not confirmed the total number of positive tests for Kovid.

Seoul:

North Korea lifted a travel ban imposed on the capital, Pyongyang, after the first outbreak of the Kovid-19 outbreak last week, media reported, as the isolated country says the virus situation is now under control.

Since the declaration of a state of emergency and the imposition of a nationwide lockdown this month, the North has been embroiled in a heated battle against an unprecedented cowardly wave, which has raised concerns about vaccine, medical supplies and food shortages.

As of Sunday, sanctions had been lifted, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported, citing an unnamed source in Beijing.

A spokesman for South Korea’s unification ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, said they could not confirm the report because state media in the north had not announced the decision.

The Kyodo report comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over a politburo meeting to discuss amending anti-epidemic sanctions, assessing the country’s first Kovid outbreak “improvement”.

“The Political Bureau has examined the coordination and application of anti-epidemic rules and guidelines effectively and expeditiously in the light of the current stable anti-epidemic situation,” the northern state media KCNA said on Sunday.

As of Sunday evening, North Korea had reported 100,710 fever symptoms and one additional death, up from about 390,000 two weeks ago, KCNA said. The death toll has risen to 60.

While North Korea has not confirmed the total number of positive tests for coronavirus, there is clearly a lack of test supplies. Experts say the announced figures are under-reported and it is difficult to assess the actual scale of the situation.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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