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North Korea's Kim makes first public appearance in 22 days amid virus outbreak

Reuters , Sunday 16 Feb 2020
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North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are enshrined, to commemorate the 78th birthday of his late father Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 AP
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 22 days amid an outbreak of coronavirus, state media reported on Saturday, to visit a national mausoleum and mark the anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong Il’s birth.

Kim Jong Un paid tribute to the statue of former leader Kim at Pyongyang’s Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, his first public appearance since he attended Lunar New Year celebrations on Jan. 25, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

North Korea has not confirmed any cases of the new coronavirus, but state media said the government was extending to 30 days the quarantine period for people showing symptoms, and all government institutions and foreigners living in the country were expected to comply “unconditionally.”

Late leader Kim’s birthday, Feb. 16, is a national holiday celebrated as the Day of the Shining Star.

Accompanying Kim to the mausoleum were high ranking party officials including Choe Ryong Hae, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly and Pak Pong Ju, vice chairman of the State Affairs Commission.

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