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    North Korea lifts mask mandate

    SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea has lifted a mask mandate and eased other virus restrictions, state media said yesterday, days after leader Kim Jong-un declared “victory” over COVID-19.

    The announcement comes after Pyongyang earlier this week blamed Seoul for causing the COVID-19 outbreak in the North and threatened to “wipe out” the South Korean authorities, if necessary. Virus restrictions were eased as “the public health crisis created in the country was completely defused and its whole territory was turned into a clean one free from the malignant virus in the shortest period”, Pyongyang’s official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

    “The step for obligatory mask-wearing was lifted in all areas except frontline areas and borderline cities and counties, given that the whole country was turned into an epidemic-free zone,” KCNA said.

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