Nov. 17 (UPI) — The China-North Korea border stays shuttered because the World Well being Group mentioned greater than 6,100 individuals had been reported as suspected COVID-19 sufferers within the North because the begin of the pandemic.

South Korean unification ministry officers mentioned Tuesday they’ve detected no actions towards lifting restrictions on the 880-mile border, regardless of studies in October of a reopening, Yonhap and native paper Hankook Ilbo reported.

“There has not been any vital actions on the China-North Korea border,” a South Korean official mentioned. “New quarantine-strengthening measures had been taken on the expanded politburo assembly [on Sunday] as different international locations strengthen their quarantine measures in preparation for a winter wave of COVID-19. North Korea seems to be not shifting the border blockade in the intervening time.”

Seoul officers mentioned North Korea is dealing with a dilemma. A nationwide lockdown would assist curb the unfold of the virus, but in addition pose challenges to the regime’s impoverished financial system.

Pyongyang’s Rodong Sinmun warned North Koreans a couple of international resurgence of the coronavirus on Tuesday.

“The variety of COVID-19 infections is rising exponentially,” the Rodong mentioned. Residents “should obey the nationwide emergency protection measures.”

The Rodong additionally known as for rising efforts to disinfect places of work and buildings. Commuters ought to abide by “established quarantine rules,” state media mentioned.

The message comes after Kim Jong Un ordered officers on Sunday to “additional intensify the anti-epidemic work, being conscious of the vital duty for the safety of the state and the wellbeing of the individuals,” in line with KCNA.

North Korea beforehand claimed victory over the coronavirus and has reported zero circumstances to the World Well being Group because the starting of the pandemic.

North Korean authorities have reported individuals exhibiting signs. In response to the WHO, no circumstances had been reported as of November.

A complete of 6,173 individuals have been reported as suspected sufferers since January, with 805 North Koreans receiving the designation between Oct. 22 and 29 “on account of intensified surveillance.”