The 16th Politburo meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Korean workers’ party was held on August 13, KCNA reported. The meeting decided to lift the blockade in Kaicheng and other areas from July 24 due to the emergency in the forefront areas according to the scientific inspection and guarantee of the professional epidemic prevention organs. Novel coronavirus pneumonia was diagnosed in July 19th by a North defer who crossed the border between Korea and Korea illegally in the city of Kaesong,
. Kaesong and surrounding areas were subsequently blocked.