Seoul, South Korea .- The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, called for Covid-19 prevention measures to be maximized, after the country announced its first coronavirus infection to more than two years after the pandemic began.
The Korean Central News Agency reported that tests carried out on an unspecified number of people in the capital, Pyongyang, confirmed that they were infected with the Omicron variant.
The agency said Kim called a Politburo meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea in which its members pledged to step up their anti-virus measures.
During the meeting, the North Korean leader asked officials to stabilize the infections and eliminate the source of infection as quickly as possible.
Previously, North Korea had claimed to have a perfect record in keeping Covid-19 out of its territory. It had closed its border to almost all trade and visitors for two years, further damaging an economy already damaged by decades of mismanagement and sanctions imposed by the United States and others over its nuclear weapons and missile program.