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N. Korea's No. 2 leader visits Gaeseong after lockdown amid COVID-19 fears
Updated: 2020-07-30 09:50:38 KST
North Korea's second-in-command Choe Ryong-hae has conducted an emergency virus inspection of Gaeseong, the city where a defector from the South who reportedly had COVID-19 symptoms returned to on July 19th.
The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday that Choe inspected antivirus efforts in the city that has been on lockdown since last Friday.
He ordered local officials to make sure food and medical supplies are provided for residents and that disease prevention measures be strictly practiced.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un put the North on a "maximum emergency system" on Saturday following the defector's return.
It's still unclear if the runaway has tested positive for the virus.
North Korea claims to have had no COVID-19 cases so far.
Reporter : yoohong@arirang.com