North Korea ends mandatory mask use
North Korea on Saturday decreed the end of the mandatory use of masks in almost all public places, days after leader Kim Jong Un declared victory in the fight against Covid-19.
“Mask wearing requirements have been lifted everywhere except frontline areas and border cities and counties,” the official North Korean news agency KCNA announced.
Social distancing measures have also been lifted in all regions except border territories, KCNA added.
The regime, however, recommends wearing a mask for people with symptoms and urges North Koreans to “stay alert for anything abnormal”, a possible reference to propaganda balloons sent by activists from South Korea.
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