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North Korea Rolls Back Lockdown, Says Virus Flareup ‘Controlled’

  • NK News and Yonhap cite sources as saying virus curbs eased
  • State media reports cases have fallen from peak two weeks ago
Empty streets near the Pyongyang Railway Station during a lockdown in North Korea on May 27.
Empty streets near the Pyongyang Railway Station during a lockdown in North Korea on May 27.Photographer: Kim Won Jin/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea removed virus lockdown measures that had been in place for more than two weeks in its capital, news reports indicated, after saying policies by leader Kim Jong Un have controlled the country’s first Covid outbreak.

Kim’s regime has partially lifted the lockdown in Pyongyang and eased curbs in “stabilized areas,” Yonhap News Agency of South Korea on Monday reported diplomatic sources as saying. Residents in Pyongyang were allowed to leave their homes for the first time since May 12 and business were slowly opening, NK News on Sunday reported sources in the isolated state as saying.