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Buses and trains disinfected as N Korea ramps up virus measures

SEOUL: Temperature checks, hand sanitisers, and face masks are being enforced across Pyongyang’s public transport system as North Korea intensifies its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
North Korea -- whose crumbling health system would struggle to cope with a major outbreak -- has long insisted it has not had cases of the disease.
But it raised its state of emergency to the maximum level in July, saying it had discovered what it called the country’s first suspected virus case -- a former defector returning from the South.
Pyongyang had yet to confirm whether he tested positive, but such a source might be more diplomatically convenient for the North than if the virus arrived from China -- its key ally -- where it first emerged.
Pictures on Wednesday showed passengers -- all with face coverings -- lining up for hand sanitiser before boarding buses in Pyongyang. (AFP)

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