North Korea lifts lockdown in Kaesong, rejects flood, virus aid

Sun Online Desk

14th August, 2020 02:52:56 printer

North Korea lifts lockdown in Kaesong, rejects flood, virus aid

 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lifted a lockdown in a major city near the border with South Korea where thousands had been quarantined for weeks over coronavirus worries, state media said on Friday.

But Kim during a ruling party meeting on Thursday also insisted the North will keep its borders shut and rejected any outside help as the country carries out an aggressive anti-virus campaign and rebuilds thousands of houses, roads and bridges damaged by heavy rain and floods in recent weeks.

During Thursday's meeting, Kim said it was clear after three weeks that the virus situation in Kaesong was stable and expressed gratitude to residents for cooperating with the lockdown, the KCNA said.

In late July, Kim ordered a total lockdown of Kaesong and had the nation shift into a maximum emergency system after the North claimed of finding a person with COVID-19 symptoms.

Source: AP


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