Highlights

  • Unspecified number of people in capital Pyongyang confirmed infected with Omicron variant
  • Kim Jong Un asks for a host of measures to control situation
  • State media called it 'severe national emergency incident'

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North Korea has reported its first ever Covid-19 case, more than 2 year since the global pandemic. Kim Jong Un has asked for strict border control and preventive measures to get situation under control.

North Korea reported its first-ever Covid-19 case on Thursday, more than two years into the global pandemic.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for raising COVID-19 preventive measures to maximum levels as the country while the state media declared it a 'severe national emergency incident'.

The Korean Central News Agency said Thursday tests from an unspecified number of people in the capital Pyongyang confirmed that they were infected with the Omicron variant.

The agency said Kim called a meeting of the ruling Korean Workers' Party's Politburo where the members decided to raise the anti-virus measures.

Kim during the meeting called for officials to stabilise transmissions and eliminate the infection source as fast as possible and also called for tighter border controls and lockdown measures, asking citizens to 'completely block the spread of the malicious virus by thoroughly blocking their areas in all cities and counties'.

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North Korea had previously claimed a perfect record in keeping out COVID-19 from its territory. It had closed its border to nearly all trade and visitors for two years that further shocked an economy already damaged by decades of mismanagement and crippling US-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons and missile programme.

(With PTI inputs)

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