Coronavirus: North Korean leader lifts city lockdown
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has lifted a lockdown in a major city near the border with South Korea where thousands had been quarantined over coronavirus fears.
Mr Kim said it was clear the virus situation in Kaesong was stable and expressed gratitude to residents for cooperating with the three-week lockdown, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
In late July, Mr Kim ordered a total lockdown of the city and had the nation shift into a “maximum emergency system” after the North claimed it had found someone with symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
The North’s state media said the suspected patient was a North Korean who had earlier fled to the South before slipping back into Kaesong.
But South Korean health authorities said the 24-year-old had not tested positive in South Korea and never had contact with any known virus carrier.
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