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Coronavirus- North Korea's First Covid case Reported: Kim Jong Un Declares State of Emergency

Coronavirus- North Korea's First Covid case Reported: Kim Jong Un Declares State of Emergency
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared a state of emergency and lock-down in one of the border towns following the news that one of the border towns is suspected to be infected with Covid. If the case is confirmed, it will be the first Covid positive case to be officially confirmed by North Korea

KCNA, a North Korean news agency, says a man who fled North Korea to South Korea three years ago has now returned to the border with the disease. Steps have been taken to isolate him and quarantine those associated with him, the report said.

 Kim Jong-un convened an emergency politburo meeting after a person suspected of having Covid-19 returned from South Korea after illegally crossing the border this month, state media said on Sunday.

Kim declared a state of emergency and imposed a lockdown on the border city of Kaesong, calling it a “critical situation in which the vicious virus could be said to have entered the country”, state news agency KCNA reported.

KCNA did not specifically mention whether the individual had been tested, but said an “uncertain result was made from several medical check-ups of the secretion of that person’s upper respiratory organ and blood”, prompting officials to quarantine the person and investigate anyone he may have been in contact with.

Moreover, on July 3, Kim Jong Un claimed that there was not a single Covid case in the country. However, it is widely believed that North Korea is in the grip of Covid 19. Three months ago, several South Korean media outlets, citing North Korean rebels, reported that hundreds of soldiers had died of Covid 19 and thousands had been quarantined.

In March, the South Korean-based Daily NK news agency reported that more than 180 North Korean soldiers had been killed by Covid 19 in January and February. So far, however, the North Korean media has denied the allegations.

If confirmed, it would be the first case officially acknowledged by North Korean authorities, who have so far said the country has no confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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