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China, North Korea stop border crossing over fear of COVID

China has halted freight transport services across the border with North Korea following consultations following a COVID-19 infection in its border city of Dandong, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

The postponement came within four months after North Korea eased border closures enforced in early 2020 against the coronary heart disease, measures that international aid groups have blamed for worsening economic problems and the risk of food shortages for millions.

“Due to the COVID situation in Dandong, after friendly consultation between the two sides, China has decided to stop the movement of goods from Dandong to Sinuiju,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a daily briefing in Beijing.

South Korean news agency Yonhap said Dandong authorities had responded to a request from North Korea, citing unknown sources.

Authorities in Seoul, the capital of neighboring South Korea, said they were monitoring the situation.

The Chinese city of Dandong has been battling the COVID-19 epidemic since late April and has reported 220 infections from 24-27. April.

On Wednesday, authorities had locked 77 residential buildings while people elsewhere were asked to stay in designated areas.

North Korea has not officially announced any COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, but has taken up border crossings with antiviral measures.

China, North Korea stop border crossing over fear of COVID

Source link China, North Korea stop border crossing over fear of COVID

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