April 24, 2024

COVID outbreak at Russian border looms over North Korea trade plans

Virus surge in Vladivostok may disrupt plans to open import disinfection center, amid activity at DPRK border facility

Almost 5,000 people have contracted COVID-19 in the last week in a Russian region bordering North Korea, posing problems for plans to restart long-stalled cross-border trade, according to NK News analysis. 

Cases rose for 11 days straight through Thursday in the Primorsky Krai region of Far East Russia at a rate of over 600 people per day this week, data from the Russian health ministry shows, though they dropped slightly on Friday.

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