North Korea puts Kaesong city in lockdown over suspected outbreak

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) — North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under lockdown over coronavirus concerns.

The North’s Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday that the measure was taken Friday afternoon after a person was found with suspected COVID-19 symptoms in the city.

It says the person is a runaway who had fled to South Korea years ago before illegally crossing the border into the North early last week. If that person is officially declared a virus patient, he or she would be the North’s first confirmed coronavirus case.

North Korea has steadfastly said it has no single virus case on its territory, a claim questioned by outside experts.

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