September 26, 2020

North Korea releases 221 foreigners from quarantine, state media says

159 expatriates remain under "medical observation" in DPRK amid fears of coronavirus spread

North Korea has released 221 foreigners previously held in quarantine due to fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday.

The news comes just days after DPRK authorities were confirmed to have lifted many of the restrictive anti-coronavirus quarantine measures previously imposed on foreign residents in Pyongyang, but suggests that 159 expatriates may remain under medical observation.