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South Korea plans to provide vaccines to North Korea as neighbour's Covid-19 situation 'appears serious'

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Employees spray disinfectant and wipe surfaces as part of preventive measures against Covid-19 at the Pyongyang Children’s Department Store in March.

South Korea plans to provide Covid-19 vaccines and other medical supplies to the North, President Yoon Suk-yeol’s office said on Friday, a day after the neighbouring country confirmed its first outbreak of coronavirus.

“We will discuss detailed plans for assistance with North Korea,” Yoon’s spokesperson said.

Yoon told reporters later on Friday he plans to propose holding working-level talks with North Korea via the country’s unification ministry which handles inter-Korean affairs, South Korea’s News1 said.

Yonhap news agency reported the South Korean president’s office said that North Korea’s Covid-19 situation appears serious.

Seoul’s statement comes as at least one person confirmed to have Covid-19 has died in North Korea and hundreds of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said on Friday, offering hints at the potentially dire scale

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