• N. Korea Reports Lifting Of Quarantine For 70 More Foreigners

A passenger has his temperature checked as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Pyongyang International Airport in North Korea.
A passenger has his temperature checked as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Pyongyang International Airport in North Korea.
North Korea says it has lifted the quarantine placed on about 70 foreigners over coronavirus concerns, bringing the total number of foreigners released from isolation in the communist country to nearly 300.

The North's Korean Central News Agency reported on Friday that those released have been under medical supervision in accordance with guidelines from the central emergency control center.

Last week, 221 foreigners were released from quarantine.

North Korea has not reported any confirmed coronavirus infections, but it has kept at least 10,000 people separated from the public as a precautionary measure to block the outbreak of the highly contagious disease.

Global aid agencies fear Pyongyang might be concealing an outbreak and that the virus could have spread across the country.■
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