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N. Korea starts winter vacation early due to H1N1: report

All Headlines 20:14 December 07, 2009

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korean schools have started winter vacation a month early due to the rapid spread of the H1N1 virus in the communist country, an aid group said Monday.

Good Friends, a Seoul-based group that frequently visits the North, said North Korean schools started winter recess last Friday following a joint meeting of health and education ministry officials.

Most schools in the North, including colleges, usually start winter vacation in early January.

Quoting a report of city education officials in Pyongyang, the group said seven North Korean youths, including three college students aged 21 and 23, died of the Influenza A virus in Pyongyang in November, while two others reportedly died in Phyongsong, north of the capital.
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