“Maximum emergency”: North Korea announced its first infections since the start of the pandemic

The government of North Korea confirmed the first coronavirus infections registered in its territory since the pandemic began in 2020. There is fear about the health situation because the country refused to import vaccines.

The national news agency North Korea KCNA reported that samples taken last Sunday from patients with a fever had tested positive for coronavirus. Specifically, infections correspond to the highly contagious variant Omicron BA.2. However, the Asian country did not specify how many cases would be treated.

Workers at a Pyongyang store disinfect surfaces.

the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, chaired a meeting of the Politburo of the Workers’ Party in which he was seen, for the first time since the start of the global health emergency, with a mask: he only took it off to speak. This meeting had the objective of activating an “epidemic prevention system of maximum emergency“.

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