North Korean govt sends supplies to border town under lockdown
SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA) – The North Korean government has sent special aid packets containing food and medical equipment to residents of Kaesong, which is located near the border with South Korea, after it was placed under lockdown because of coronavirus concerns, said the state media on Sunday.
Last month, the border town was placed under lockdown after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency. It came in the wake of a person, who had defected to the South in 2017, returning across the fortified frontier with symptoms of coronavirus.
Although the government has not confirmed any coronavirus cases, it has taken strict quarantine measures and screening. It is also providing food, test kits and other medical equipment to the town.
State television beamed footage of a train arriving at Kaesong station on Sunday with supplies.
Hundreds of people wearing masks gathered at an auditorium, maintaining social distancing, to thank the government for the aid. Many were seen weeping out of gratitude.
(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
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