With North Korea border shut, China warns citizens to keep away, or else

first_imgEntry bansIsolated and impoverished North Korea has imposed strict entry bans during past global epidemics, including a 2014 ebola outbreak.North Korea has not reported any coronavirus cases, but experts say its measures in recent weeks go beyond those it took previously.North Korea moved quickly to restrict travel and trade from China, where the coronavirus emerged late last year.The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 and killed more than 3,000 in China and is rapidly spreading around the world.Most flights and trains in and out of North Korea have been restricted, foreign diplomats in Pyongyang were quarantined for a month, and authorities have cracked down on cross-border smuggling.South Korea, separated from the North by the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), has reported nearly 6,000 cases.In January, North Korea told travel agencies that it was closing its borders to travelers from China, Reuters reported, cutting off one of its few sources of external revenue.It is unclear how much trade continues, but sources who work near the border have said much of the official and unofficial trade was affected. Activists who work with North Korean refugees trying to leave through China said the border lockdown has made an already dangerous journey nearly impossible.”At the border crossings, personnel in charge of inspection and quarantine are discharging their duty in a responsible manner to completely keep the virus from spreading to the country,” the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported last month.Topics : Chinese authorities have told people to stay away from the border with North Korea, which has banned people from China to keep out the coronavirus, or risk being shot by North Korean guards, residents of the area said.Residents said the warning came in a printed notice that Chinese authorities in the area issued this week, the latest indication of how seriously North Korea takes the threat of the virus.Close allies China and North Korea share a 1,400-kilometer frontier that is especially porous in winter, when rivers separating the countries freeze, allowing people to cross. “The public security organs will monitor the border 24 hours a day and anyone found will face administrative detention” by Chinese police, authorities said in the notice, which was seen by Reuters.”Violators will be shot,” it said, meaning by North Korean guards.A Jian propaganda official, who declined to be identified, confirmed by telephone that the city’s border control office issued a similar warning in a text message.”During the epidemic prevention period, any activities including fishing on the Yalu River or shouting to North Koreans across the river are strictly prohibited,” the office said in the message, although it stopped short of warning of shots.The official said the wording on such messages may have gone too far in some areas. Reuters could not reach city officials in Baishan. It was not clear if other cities issued such warnings.China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.center_img Residents of the Chinese cities of Jian and Baishan were warned that people who get too close to the border might be shot, according to three people who received the notice, which was reviewed by Reuters.”We’re told that we may get killed if we get too close to the border area,” said one restaurant owner in Jian, which is separated from North Korea by the Yalu River, declining to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.Residents are prohibited from fishing, grazing livestock or throwing rubbish near the river, according to the notice issued this week.North Korea asked China to tighten border controls to avoid its citizens getting shot and killed as North Korea had raised its coronavirus threat assessment to its highest level, it said.last_img read more

Boxing: Fury chasing knockout in Wilder rematch

first_img Read Also: Tyson Fury splits from trainer ahead Wilder rematch Wilder also ridiculed Fury’s insistence that he should have been declared the victory of the 2018 meeting. “If he beat me, then why all the new trainers? Every day it changes. Firing and hiring. I still to this day have the same people with me and I don’t need to change it,” Wilder said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “He thinks I’m going to come out herky-jerky with my famous style, but I want him to meet me in the center of the ring and have a slugfest, best man wins. Wilder (42-0-1, 41 knockouts) however was unimpressed with Fury’s claims of a tactical switch. “No, I don’t believe nothing Fury says at this moment in time,” Wilder said. “He’s very nervous as you can see. He can’t even sit still. “The fight will be interesting, he’s a great fighter. I’m looking forward to it. But I don’t believe anything he says. “He’s saying those things, I don’t feel in his energy that he believes that. I feel like he’s nervous because of what happened the first time.” Wilder believes the key to the rematch will be patience. In the first fight he tired during the later rounds after swinging and missing with a series of huge right hands earlier on. “More patience. More calm. I just need to calm down,” Wilder said. “I just learned from the first fight I need to be calmer.” Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? Tyson Fury vowed to chase a knockout in next month’s eagerly anticipated rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, insisting he believes he has no chance of earning a victory on points in Las Vegas. The charismatic undefeated British fighter faces the unbeaten Wilder at the MGM Grand on February 22, after the two men battled to a draw in Los Angeles in December 2018. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder face off ahead of their February 22 rematch in Las Vegas Fury (29-0-1, 20 knockouts) earned a share of the spoils in the first fight after frustrating Wilder with a superbly elusive performance. However the self-styled “Gypsy King” survived a 12th round knockdown to cling on for the draw at the Staples Center. At a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday, Fury said he plans to attack Wilder early on in next month’s bout, insisting he is targeting a second-round knockout. “Thinking ain’t enough,” the 31-year-old Fury said. “I need to know I’ve won the fight. I know I need to get a knockout here. I’m going into this fight knowing I can’t win a decision. I’ve got to knock him out.” Fury claimed his recent change of trainer – he has dispensed with the services of Ben Davison in favour of Sugarhill Steward, the nephew of late Kronk gym legend Emanuel Steward – would help him score a knockout. “I’m looking for a knockout,” he said. “That’s why I hired Sugarhill. He gets you to sit down on that big right hand. That’s what I’m looking for. There’s the game plan.” – No ‘Herky-jerky style’ – Fury said he expected the fight to flip expectations of either a knockout for the hard-hitting Wilder or a points win for Fury. “The consensus is either he knocks me out, or I win on points,” Fury said. “Usually when people have that opinion, it goes the opposite way around. Expect him to box and me to be looking for the knockout. Loading… last_img read more