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China Finds New Covid Cases in Cities on North Korea Border

  • Health officials warn virus risks spreading in mainland China
  • North Korea’s outbreak of ‘fever’ cases has infected millions
A medical worker prepares to take Covid-19 swabs, in Liaoning province, on May 25.

A medical worker prepares to take Covid-19 swabs, in Liaoning province, on May 25.

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China warned that Covid-19 infections risk spreading through the mainland after at least 16 cases were found in cities bordering North Korea, which is struggling to contain one of its worst health crises in years.

Authorities found seven infections in northeastern Jilin province, as well as nine cases in neighboring Liaoning, on Thursday. National Health Commission officials on Friday said the source of the infections in Jilin, which has a long and often porous border with North Korea, is unclear and there’s a risk that the virus could spread further. Measures to prevent imported cases will be strengthened they said, without giving details.