North Korea Reportedly Enhances Control Measures at Borders Due to COVID-19

© AP Photo / Ahn Young-joonMilitary guard posts of North Korea, rear, and South Korea, foreground, are seen in Paju, at the border with North Korea, South Korea, Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Military guard posts of North Korea, rear, and South Korea, foreground, are seen in Paju, at the border with North Korea, South Korea, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - Sputnik International
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SEOUL (Sputnik) - North Korea, which officially remains coronavirus-free, has enforced stricter control measures at state borders to keep COVID-19 out of the country, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sunday.

According to the KCNA, restrictions have been imposed also in the Military Demarcation Line between North Korea and South Korea, while citizens have been asked to follow an established system of rules and report emergency situations.

North Korean soldiers look as they stand guard along the river bank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite side to the Chinese border city of Dandong, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 - Sputnik International
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The state media added that a control system has been established at the maritime borders as well, and marine debris is being collected and destroyed.

The North Korean authorities continue to raise awareness about COVID-19 among the citizens, the KCNA reported.

North Korea’s borders are sealed not only for people but also for goods as Pyongyang rejects all foreign items. South Korean media has reported in early November that a North Korean official was executed for importing goods despite related COVID-19 restrictions.

Last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claimed that there were no cases of infection with COVID-19 in the country during a speech at an annual military parade.

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