North Korea Further Tightens Borders to Fight Covid-19

According to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea is strengthening measures to completely remove unhygienic elements that would cause the spread of Coronavirus during the winter. At the onset of the pandemic, the country was reported to have closed its borders, flown out diplomats and isolated residents displaying symptoms. Further measures are strictly implemented amid claims by North Korea that it is still Covid-19 free. A South Korean official allegedly disclosed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un  was displaying “excessive anger” and taking “irrational measures” over the pandemic.

The Hill: North Korea would be tightening restrictions on entering its sea waters to help stop the coronavirus.

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The Hill disclosed that North Korea has reportedly taken extreme measures in response to the pandemic and its effect on the economy. According to the National Intelligence Service, North Korea executed an official for violating importation restrictions and a money changer for the falling value of its currency.

As the highly reclusive nation claims to have no cases, the Associated Press notes that a major outbreak could be devastating to North Korea as its broken health care system suffers from a chronic shortage of medicines.

Fox News: The new measures come despite North Korea insisting that it hasn’t had a single COVID-19 case.

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According to Fox News, the measures will include new rules about venturing out to sea and collecting potentially contaminated materials.

South Korean intelligence officials told lawmakers that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un banned fishing and salt production to prevent seawater from being infected with the virus.