‘Gravest National Emergency’: North Korea Locks Down Entire Nation Amid First Reported Omicron Case

‘Gravest National Emergency’: North Korea Locks Down Entire Nation Amid First Reported Omicron Case


North Korea reported an Omicron variant case in the capital city of Pyongyang on Thursday and ordered a countrywide lockdown amid the “gravest national emergency.”

Reuters reported that the infection is the first case of COVID-19 reported by the reclusive communist nation, which has no official record of its citizens being vaccinated.

“The state’s most serious emergency has occurred: A break emerged in our emergency epidemic prevention front that had been firmly defended until now,” state-sponsored North Korean news agency KCNA said, according to Reuters.

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In a meeting with the Workers’ Party politburo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a “strict lockdown” for the entire nation, as well as the use of emergency medical supply reserves. Likely wearing a mask in public for the first time, Kim

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