Authorities in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, have ordered a five-day lockdown due to rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness, Seoul-based NK News reported on Wednesday, citing a government advisory.
The notice did not mention Covid-19, but said residents of the city should stay at home until the end of Sunday and undergo temperature checks several times a day, according to NK News, which monitors Korea. North.
On Tuesday, the website reported that residents of Pyongyang appeared to be stocking up on goods ahead of tougher measures. It was unclear whether other parts of North Korea had imposed new lockdowns.
North Korea acknowledged its first Covid-19 outbreak in 2022, but by August it had declared victory over the virus.
The secret regime has never confirmed how many people have caught Covid, apparently because it cannot afford large-scale testing.
Instead, it reported the daily number of patients with fever, a tally that rose to 4.77 million out of a population of around 25 million. But it has not reported such cases since July 29.
State media continued to report on anti-pandemic measures to combat respiratory illnesses, including the flu, but had yet to report on the lockdown order.
On Tuesday, the official KCNA news agency said the city of Kaesong, near the border with South Korea, had stepped up its public communication campaigns “so that all workers voluntarily observe anti-epidemic regulations in their work. and their lives”.