Kim shuts Kaesong over first virus case
The leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong Un, proclaimed a state of emergency in Kaesong after the border city reported a suspected case of COVID-19, said Korean Central News Agency yesterday.
“There happened a critical situation in which we could say the vicious virus to have entered the country,”
Kim said on Saturday as he presided over an emergency enlarged meeting
of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party.
Kim noted that he took preemptive measures on Saturday to completely block Kaesong city
and isolate each district and region immediately after the case reported.
Given the dangerous situation in Kaesong city, Kim said he has shifted from the state emergency
anti-epidemic system to the maximum emergency system and issue a top-class alert.
According to the KCNA report, all those who had contacted the suspected case, and
those who had gone to Kaesong city in the past five days will subject to a medical examination and put under quarantine.
The suspected case, a defector who returned to the DPRK city of Kaesong from South Korea on July 19
after illegally crossing the demarcation line, was put under strict quarantine as a primary step, said the KCNA.
So far, the DPRK has reported none confirmed case of COVID-19.
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