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North Korea Orders Extermination of Cats and Pigeons to Prevent COVID Oubreak, Reports Suggest

© AP Photo / Vadim GhirdaCats stare at a pigeon from inside a window in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, April 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Cats stare at a pigeon from inside a window in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, April 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.05.2021
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Pyongyang has declared North Korea coronavirus-free, with zero confirmed cases since the outbreak of the global pandemic, while the authorities have imposed severe restrictions to stop the disease from entering the country.

North Korean authorities have ordered the elimination of cats and pigeons in border areas due to pandemic fears, the website Daily NK has reported. According to its sources, various measures were introduced by the authorities over the past few months, including orders to "eradicate street cats", and shoot any cats or birds that try to cross the border with China.

The report suggested that a family from Hyesan's Songhu District was recently placed in a quarantine facility for secretly raising a feline in their house.

"The family was given a punishment of 20 days in isolation for illegally raising the cat following an order not to do so in the [Sino-North Korean] border region", a source said.
© AP Photo / Vincent ThianNorth Korean flag flutters behind razor wire on top of a wall at North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 13, 2017.
North Korea Orders Extermination of Cats and Pigeons to Prevent COVID Oubreak, Reports Suggest - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.05.2021
North Korean flag flutters behind razor wire on top of a wall at North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 13, 2017.

Per the report, the family initially told the authorities that their cat had died when officials came to check whether they were keeping pets. However, the animal was later spotted near the Chinese border, and the family was subsequently isolated, while the authorities have taken away the cat.

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