China, North Korea halt border rail crossings over Covid-19 fears
- Freight services from Chinese city Dandong suspended on request from North Korea, Yonhap reports
- Dandong logged 220 Covid-19 infections between April 24 and April 27
“Due to the Covid situation in Dandong, after friendly consultation between both sides, China has decided to suspend freight services from Dandong to Sinuiju,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in Beijing.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said authorities in Dandong had acted on a request from North Korea, citing unidentified sources.
Authorities in Seoul said they were keeping watch on the situation.
Dandong has been fighting a coronavirus outbreak since last week, reporting 220 infections between April 24 and April 27.
By Wednesday, authorities had locked down 77 residential compounds, while people elsewhere were asked to keep to designated areas.