Ruler Kim Jong Un: He was said to have contracted Corona himself
Photo: Korean Central News Agency / dpa
According to a media report, North Korea has ordered a five-day lockdown for the capital Pyongyang because of “respiratory diseases”.
The South Korean news website NK News reports, citing a government announcement, that residents of the North Korean capital have been ordered to stay at home from Wednesday to Sunday.
According to the report, they also have to have their body temperature measured several times a day.
According to NK News, the official announcement did not mention the corona virus, instead talking about common colds.
Just the day before, NK News, citing sources in Pyongyang, reported that people in North Korea's capital were apparently stocking up on goods in anticipation of a lockdown.
North Korea sealed off its borders in early 2020 after the start of the pandemic to protect itself from the corona virus.
Last April, the country confirmed the first corona outbreak.
At that time, there was talk of around 350,000 people who had been infected with an “unknown fever”.
At times there was talk of 4.8 million "fever cases".
Just three months later, North Korea declared the virus defeated.
Experts: People in North Korea not vaccinated
According to his sister, ruler Kim Jong Un was also ill himself.
Kim "suffered from a high fever during the days of this quarantine war," Kim Yo Jong said, according to the state news agency KCNA.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and other experts strongly question the North Korean corona statistics and the information on containing the pandemic.
According to experts, the country has one of the worst health systems in the world.
The hospitals are poorly equipped and only have a few intensive care units.
Experts assume that nobody in the country has been vaccinated against the corona virus.