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PYONGYANG TO BACK BORDER CITY HIT BY COVID-19

North Korea will provide special support for the border city of Kaesong that has been locked down since the country's first suspected case of the novel coronavirus was detected there late last month, state-run media reported Thursday, Kyodo news agency reported from Tokyo.

The decision was made Wednesday at a gathering of the Executive Policy Council of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, which was presided over by the nation's leader Kim Jong Un, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA.) 


KCNA reported the meeting "discussed and decided on the Party Central Committee's special supply of food and funds to the city to stabilize the lives of its citizens." 


On July 26, the news agency said a person, who defected to South Korea three years ago, is "suspected to have been infected with the vicious virus" after "illegally" returning to Kaesong, which is on the border with South Korea, prompting Kim to "totally" block the city.


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