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North Korea intensifies response to COVID-19

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday that new coronavirus response measures in North Korea are set in place including stricter quarantine measures and shipment of aid and medicine, which includes more than 550,000 relief items to the border city of Kaesong.

A representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Edwin Salvador in an email to The Associated Press confirmed the opening of new lines of communication between the WHO and North Korea. The country reported the imposition of the quarantine on 64 first contacts of the suspected Kaesong case and 3,571 secondary contacts in state-run facilities for 40 days.

Salvador confirmed that the Pyongyang government closed international borders, banned group gatherings, imposed the wearing of masks in public, and put all educational institutions on an extended summer break, including preschools.

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