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North Korea imposes nationwide lockdown

KNCA said Kim called for a thorough lockdown of cities and counties during a ruling party Politburo meeting

👤 Srimathi Sridharan14 May 2022 1:20 PM GMT
North Korea imposes nationwide lockdown
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North Korea: North Korea has imposed a nationwide lockdown to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak.

The outbreak forced leader Kim Jong-un to wear a mask in public likely for the first time since the start of the pandemic, but the scale of transmissions inside North Korea wasn't immediately known.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday tests from an unspecified number of people with fevers in the capital Pyongyang confirmed that they were infected with the Omicron variant.

KNCA said Kim called for a thorough lockdown of cities and counties during a ruling party Politburo meeting. He was also reported to have said that workplaces should be isolated by units to block the virus from spreading. He urged health workers to step up disinfection efforts and mobilize reserve medical supplies.