North Korea Locks Down Pyongyang , Over ‘Respiratory Illness’.
Reuters reports that North Korean authorities have issued a five-day lockdown in the nation's capital.
According to the Russian embassy, "a special anti-epidemic period has been established.".
The lockdown order also reportedly requires citizens to take their temperatures four times daily and alert a hospital via phone.
While there was no mention of COVID, the notice referred to an "increase in winter cases of recurrent flu and other respiratory diseases.".
Reuters reports that last August, North Korea declared victory over COVID.
The country never confirmed how many COVID cases it had because of an apparent lack of testing abilities.
South Korea's NK News reports that Pyongyang residents were stocking up on supplies in case stricter measures were implemented.
According to state news agency KCNA, the North Korean city of Kaesong has also intensified public messages... ... "so that all the working people observe anti-epidemic regulations voluntarily in their work and life"