Authorities in North Korea ordered a complete 5-day lockdown in the capital, Pyongyang, due to a rise in infections with an unspecified respiratory disease, the Seoul-based NK News reported on Wednesday, citing a government notification.
The site, which monitors North Korean news, stated that the notification did not refer to the Corona virus, but indicated that residents in the city should stay in their homes until the end of Sunday, and they should undergo temperature measurement more than once per day.
The site said Pyongyang residents appeared to be stockpiling goods in anticipation of stricter measures, but it was not clear if other parts of North Korea had already imposed new lockdowns.
North Korea declared in August its victory over Corona
North Korea admitted to its first outbreak of the coronavirus last year, but in August it declared victory over the pandemic.-
Pyongyang has not confirmed the number of people infected with the virus, apparently due to the lack of supplies for nationwide testing.--
But it disclosed the number of people suffering from high temperature, which rose to 4.77 million people out of a population of about 25 million. North Korea has not announced such cases since July 29.
State media continued to cover measures to combat respiratory diseases, including influenza, but have yet to mention the closure order.
And the Korean Central News Agency said on Tuesday that the city of Kaesong, near the border with South Korea, has intensified public campaigns so that all workers abide by the anti-epidemic rules voluntarily in their work and life.