Kim Jong Un sends warning of ‘serious consequences’ if coronavirus infects North Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for stronger efforts to guard against coronavirus and warned of ‘serious consequences’ if the deadly bug spreads to the country.

During a meeting of the ruling party, Kim demanded the anti-epidemic headquarters strengthen screening and tests to seal off all ‘channels and space through which the infectious disease may find its way’, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday.

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He emphasised that quarantine instructions must be obeyed ‘unconditionally’ and called for the strict enforcement of preventative measures against what he described as a tricky virus that spreads rapidly.

The agency quoted Kim telling the politburo meeting of the Workers’ Party: ‘In case the infectious disease spreading beyond control finds its way into our country, it will entail serious consequences.’


It comes as South Korea again posted a record daily jump in infections, with 594 new cases on Saturday taking the tally to 2,931.

South Korea is grappling with the largest outbreak of the virus outside China, as a new death took the toll there to 17.


The North has yet to report its first infection from Covid-19, but it has been pushing a tough campaign described as a matter of ‘national existence’.

It has shut down nearly all cross-border traffic, banned tourists, intensified screening at entry points and mobilized tens of thousands of health workers to monitor residents and isolate those with symptoms.

 





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