North Korea Confirms 1st Covid Outbreak, Declares Severe National Emergency

Seoul: North Korea on Thursday confirmed its first ever Covid-19 case and has declared a severe national emergency and ordered a national lockdown.

“A serious situation has been created due to the introduction of a stealth omicron mutant virus into our precincts,” its official Korean Central News Agency said.

According to report, people in Pyongyang had contracted to the virus highly transmissible Omicron variant. Then the samples of the infected people were collected on May 8.

The country’s top officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, held a crisis politburo meeting to discuss about the outbreak and announced they would implement a national emergency virus control system.

KCNA said Kim told the meeting that “the goal was to eliminate the root within the shortest period of time.”

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