North Korean authorities ordered a five-day lockdown starting on Wednesday in Pyongyang after a rise in infections of an unspecified respiratory illness, reported the specialized media NK News.
The decision determined that citizens must remain in their homes until next Sunday and still send the authorities their body temperature several times a day, according to NK News, which had access to official communication from the North Korean Government.
North Korean authorities indicated that such measures were taken due to the “increase” in cases of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, although they did not mention the covid-19.
At the moment, it is not known if there are other areas of the country subject to the confinement, which is similar to another that took place in May 2022, when the regime recognized the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the country.
North Korean leader declared victory in fight against health crisis
North Korea announced last August that it had completely eradicated the virus from its territory, a claim that has been cast into doubt by many experts due to the condition of the country’s health system and the lack of vaccines and tests, among other factors.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared “victory” over covid-19 and ordered the lifting of the most severe restriction measures, just three months after the country officially detected its first case of the new coronavirus.
The regime said that, in that period, about 4.7 million people – or 20% of the country’s population – had the disease and that more than 20 died, data that do not fit with the evolution of the pandemic in other countries and that takes experts to think that many of the cases counted as suspicious could be typhoid fever.
Likewise, on Monday, North Korean state television broadcast a documentary extolling the way in which covid-19 was treated in the country, an “unprecedented event” that led the country to a total closure of its borders.