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North Korea appears to have lifted the requirement to wear masks

North Koreaa country that still maintains strict policies to prevent the spread of the covid-19seems to have withdrawn the obligation to wear masks, as can be deduced from the images published by its state media since Monday.

Photos published today by the main North Korean daily, the rodong sinmunshow North Korean citizens without masks both indoors and outdoors, as well as images shown by state television KCNA since yesterday.

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The regime of North Koreapossibly the only country in the world that still required the use of masks in a general way, has not officially announced through the media any change in its policy in this regard and it is unknown if the measure could be temporary and have been activated due to the high temperatures (several parts of the country reached 35 degrees Celsius this week).

After keeping the country tightly closed since 2020 and reporting the first infections of covid-19 inside North Korea in May of last year, the regime announced shortly thereafter, in September, that it had “defeated” to the virus and canceled the mandatory use of the mask, which was reactivated just weeks later to prevent the spread “flu and other infectious diseases typical of autumn and winter”.

There is only evidence that the country received one consignment of vaccines from China last year, but it is unknown how many and if he has used them all.

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North Korea has kept its borders strictly closed since early 2020 and has prevented its own diplomats and workers abroad from returning since it passed the strict border policy, which only allows the entry of goods.

The only person believed to have been able to enter the country in the past three years is the Chinese ambassador to North Korea, Wang Yajunwho presented credentials in April.

Source: Elcomercio

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