North Korean media shows disinfection efforts amid outbreak

STORY: In video provided by the North's official news agency KCNA, which Reuters cannot independently verify, workers in hazmat suits could be seen spraying disinfectant, checking body temperatures of staff, and distributing hand sanitizer at the factory.

Ri Un Hyang, a factory employee in charge of the disinfection, said they were disinfecting doorknobs every 30 minutes, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently "emphasized intensifying anti-epidemic measures".

KCNA on Friday reported 23,160 more people with fever symptoms, bringing the total number in the country since late April to above 4.58 million. The death toll linked to the outbreak is at 73.

Earlier this week, the North also revealed it was facing an "acute enteric epidemic" on top of a weeks-long outbreak of COVID. It did not elaborate what the disease was, but enteric refers to the gastrointestinal tract.

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