December 06, 2023

‘Rising’ illness in North Korea triggers 5-day lockdown in capital

Notice says residents must stay in homes, submit to temperature checks in first citywide lockdown in eight months

North Korean authorities have ordered a five-day lockdown for Pyongyang residents starting Wednesday due to "rising" cases of respiratory illness, according to an official DPRK government notice seen by NK News.

The order comes a day after NK News reported that Pyongyang residents appeared to be stocking up on goods after receiving advanced warning of the coming lockdown.