North Korea declares “serious national emergency” after detecting the first Covid-19 case

North Korea confirmed the first formula COVID-19 Outbreak Ordering a national blockade on Thursday, state media reported that a highly contagious subvariant of the Omicron virus was detected in Pyongyang.

“The biggest emergency in the country has occurred and there is a hole in the front line of emergency quarantine, and it has been kept safe for the past two years and three months from February 2020,” said the official KCNA news agency.

According to the report, people in Pyongyang were infected with a variant of Omicron without providing details on the number of cases or possible sources of infection. A sample of the infected was collected on May 8, it said.

The report was released when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un chaired a meeting of the Workers’ Party to discuss how to respond to the first outbreak of the coronavirus.

According to the KCNA, Kim ordered all cities and counties in the country to “tightly blockade” the area to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and said emergency reserve medicines would be mobilized.

North Korea has never confirmed a single coronavirus infection in the country, but South Korean and US officials have questioned, especially as cases of the Omicron variant have been widely reported in neighboring South Korea and China. I am.

North Korea has refused to ship vaccines from the COVAX Global COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing Program and Sinovac Biotech vaccines from China.

Kim told the Labor Party that the purpose of the latest emergency quarantine system is to stably control and control the spread of the coronavirus, treat infected people quickly, and eliminate the source of infection in the shortest possible time. rice field.

A South Korean-based website monitoring activities in Pyongyang said this week residents were told to go home and stay indoors due to “national problems” without providing details.

Earlier Thursday, China’s state television said North Korea had demanded that people stay home after May 11 because North Korea was “suspected of having the flu” without mentioning COVID-19. I reported.

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