North Korean schools intensify anti-COVID measures

In a video provided by North Korea's official news agency KCNA, which Reuters cannot independently verify, students wearing face masks sanitized their hands and underwent body temperature checks upon arriving at Kumsong Secondary School No. 2.

Employees wearing protective suits were seen disinfecting classrooms and corridors.

KCNA also reported an extensive list of extracurricular activities offered at Pyongyang Schoolchildren's Palace, with students seen participating in various classes such as singing, band and taekwondo practice.

North Korea reopened schools in June of last year, but made it mandatory for children to wear masks in classes and washing stations were installed. The reclusive country has not officially reported a single coronavirus case, but it has imposed strict anti-virus measures, including border closures and domestic travel curbs, and experts have said an outbreak there cannot be ruled out.

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