North Korea Strengthens Borders to Build Defense Against the Coronavirus

North Korea Strengthens Borders to Build Defense Against the Coronavirus

On Sunday, North Korea has called for tighter border controls against the coronavirus pandemic, urging its officials to stay on “high alert at all times” amid a global resurgence of new cases, state media reported.
North Korea has intensified calls for tightened preventive measures against the pandemic after leader Kim Jong-un held a politburo meeting of the Workers’ Party and stressed the need to “keep a high alert, build a tight blocking wall and further intensify the anti-epidemic work”, Yonhap News Agency reported.
“Building a flawless blockade of barrier in preparation for the worsening global health pandemic is a critical issue in intensifying the anti-virus campaign,” the North’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a report on Sunday.
“We must continue to maintain an ironclad barrier to protect the safety of our country and our people,” it added.
The North’s state-run Korean Central Broadcasting Station also called on its officials to push ahead “more thoroughly” with the emergency anti-virus efforts in all areas, saying that the “entire barrier against the virus can collapse and pose a danger to the safety of the country and the people if all officials are careless even for a moment”.
North Korea has claimed to be coronavirus-free, but it has maintained its tight border closure since earlier this year

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