North Korea Reports First Possible Case Of COVID-19, Emergency Declared

By 08:00 Sun, 26 Jul 2020 Comments

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened an emergency politburo meeting after a person suspected of having COVID-19 returned from South Korea.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The man illegally crossed the border this month, state media said on Sunday.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

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 the new coronavirus.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

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.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

According to KCNA, a person who defected to South Korea three years ago returned across the fortified border that divides the two Koreas with symptoms that suggested COVID-19.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“An emergency event happened in Kaesong City where a runaway who went to the south three years ago, a person who is suspected to have been infected with the vicious virus returned on July 19 after illegally crossing the demarcation line,” KCNA said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

KCNA did not specifically mention whether the individual had been tested.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

But it 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.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

North Korea has received thousands of coronavirus testing kits from Russia and other countries, and imposed strict border closures.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Thousands of people in North Korea were quarantined, but restrictions had recently eased.(Wapbaze_Copyright)



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