North Korea to hold key anti-epidemic meetings in coming weeks

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North Korea to hold key anti-epidemic meetings in coming weeks

SEOUL: North Korea will convene two key meetings, including one to review the country's anti-epidemic policy, in the coming weeks, state media said on Monday, as it claims no new COVID 19 cases since late July.

The North Korean Supreme People's Assembly SPA, the state's parliament, will meet on 7 September to discuss law on rural development and organisational matters, according to the official KCNA.

North Korea decided to hold a national meeting early August for an emergency anti-epidemic review to confirm the new orientation in its policy.

The COVID 19 meeting comes after North Korea said last week that all of its patients with fever have recovered, marking the end of its first wave of the coronaviruses outbreak since its admission in mid-May.

The reclusive country has never confirmed how many people have been infected with COVID - 19. It said around 4.77 million fever patients have fully recovered and 74 have died since April.

North Korea's parliament rarely meets and usually serves to approve decisions on issues that have been created by the state's powerful Workers' Party, members of which form the vast majority of the assembly.

The decision to convene the Parliament came at a plenary meeting of the SPA's standing committee on Sunday.

The law on medicines was adopted by the participants at the weekend meeting to establish a strict system to promote public health.

Other matters on the table included revising the aerospace development law to legalise the activities in the field and adopting the law of self-guard to establish what it calls the all-people self-guard system to protect people's life and property, and other matters on the table, KCNA said.

Space launches have been a sensitive issue on the Korean peninsula, where North Korea is facing international sanctions over its nuclear-armed ballistic missile programme.

In March, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un called for expanding its space rocket launch site to expand its space ambitions after South Korea and the United States accused it of testing a new intercontinental ballistic missile under the guise of space development.