“Disadvantaged children are 18 months behind because of the virus”

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Kim Jong-un called for prevention efforts against the coronavirus and a typhoon, North Korean state media reported.An enlarged meeting of the Workers’ Party’s political bureau took place amid a pandemic that is putting additional pressure on the North Korean economy, battered by recent border closures and flood damage.

The meeting assessed “some flaws in the state’s emergency anti-epidemic work to verify incursions of the malignant virus,” KCNA news agency said in a statement.

North Korea has not reported any confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but Mr Kim said last month that the virus “could be considered to have entered” the country and imposed a lockdown after a man developed symptoms. The results of subsequent human tests were inconclusive, according to the World Health Organization.

Kim this month lifted a three-week lockdown in Kaesong City after a suspected coronavirus case there.

The meeting discussed the state’s emergency measures to prevent crop damage and victims of Typhoon Bavi, which is expected to hit the country within days, KCNA reported. Heavy rains and flooding have raised concerns over food supplies in the isolated country.



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