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North Korea declares Covid emergency — Analysis

Officials imposed a ‘maximum emergency quarantine system’ following the country’s first formally confirmed Omicron case

After its first Covid-19-related outbreak was officially recognized, North Korea declared a state of emergency. It also imposed strict quarantine after making longstanding claims that it had kept the number of cases down throughout the pandemic.

The ruling Workers’ Party Korea “discussed the problem of coping with the quarantine crisis”During a Thursday meeting, state-run KCNA reported that officials noted the country’s current situation. “most severe national emergency incident”The global health crisis began in late 2019

“The Politburo recognized that it was necessary to transition the national quarantine system to the maximum emergency quarantine system in response to the current situation,”The outlet said that they would add party leaders. “criticized the ignorance, laxity, irresponsibility and incompetence of the quarantine sector, which failed to respond sensitively to the increasing number of mutated virus infections worldwide.”

Officials said that patients from Pyongyang had tested positive for the Omicron BA.2 coronavirus. It is currently the dominant strain in several countries. The exact number of cases was not revealed.

Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader called the conference. “completely block the spread of malicious virus”Stop the spreading of disease “within the shortest period of time,”It would be a great country if it did. “surely overcome the emergency” due to citizens’ “high awareness.”

It stated that it would enforce stricter quarantine rules in “all institutions and all sectors of the country, including party, administrative and economic institutions at all levels,”The new emergency system was not yet defined. 

Though officials ordered similar stepped-up quarantines following suspected cases in the past, Thursday’s statement marks the first public confirmation of a Covid-19 infection in North Korea, which long maintained to have kept its cases at zero with harsh border closures and other containment policies.

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