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2020-07-26T19:00:02+00:00

North Korea declares state of emergency in Kaesong over first suspected Covid-19 case

North Korea declares state of emergency in Kaesong over first suspected Covid-19 case
Kim Jong-un in a meeting of the WPK Central Committee Credit: KCNA (Public Domain)

Kim Jong-un declared a state of emergency and imposed a lockdown on the border city of Kaesong after a person suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus returned from South Korea after illegally crossing the border.

According to KCNA, a person "who went to the south three years ago, a person who is suspected to have been infected with the vicious virus, returned on July 19 after illegally crossing the demarcation line.".

If confirmed, it would be the first case officially acknowledged by Pyongyang.

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