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South Korea says leaflets sent by North Korean defectors are unlikely to be the cause of North Korea's COVID

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Seoul — South Korea's Ministry of Unification said on Friday that COVID-19 "is unlikely" to invade North Korea via a contaminated balloon sent by South activists.

North Korea's first outbreak occurred when a patient touched an "alien" near the South Korean border and transferred the wave of infection that struck an isolated country to its neighbors. Said it started.

North Korean state media did not directly mention South Korea, but North Korean defectors and activists have been crossing highly fortified borders from the south for decades. Flying balloons, carrying leaflets and humanitarian aid. (Report by Choi Su-Hyan, edited by Jacqueline Wong)