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Outbreak on North Korea Border Raises Doubts Over Its Virus Toll

  • China puts northeastern city on lockdown as cases rise
  • North Korea says that it has no confirmed cases of Covid-19
Portraits of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il are displayed on a building in Hyesan, North Korea, seen from across the border in Changbai, Jilin province, China.

Portraits of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il are displayed on a building in Hyesan, North Korea, seen from across the border in Changbai, Jilin province, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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China put a city near the North Korea border under lockdown due to an increase in coronavirus infections, raising more questions about an outbreak in the isolated country.

Chinese authorities banned all non-essential transportation in the city of Shulan in the northeastern province of Jilin, while residential compounds and villages were closed, official China Central Television reported Sunday. Students who had already returned to schools were required to study from home. The city raised its virus threat alert level to high risk from medium, Jilin province said.