Thursday, May 12, 2022

Kim Jong-un finally admits Covid is in North Korea as he plunges the country into lockdown

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Kim Jong-Un has always insisted there have been no cases of Covid-19 in North Korea, but now he has announced a strict lockdown to protect his country’s 25 million unvaccinated people

The North Korean government has always insisted that there have been no Covid-19 cases within their country’s borders.

But today, Pyongyang acknowledged for the first time that the pandemic had spread to North Korea.

Leader Kim Jong-un has boasted for the past two years that his country’s strict “quarantine front” has held firm when all other countries have failed in defending the world.

“There was the biggest emergency in the country with a hole in our emergency quarantine front kept safe for the past two years and three months since February 2020,” official KCNA news agency said.

Kim has now ordered a strict national lockdown after revealing there has been an omicron outbreak in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. There is no official word on how many cases have been reported or how severely victims have been affected.

North Korea has never implemented a vaccination program, relying on the strength of its borders, and experts say the country’s 25 million people could be at serious risk.

NK News, a South Korean news site, reported that some areas of Pyongyang had been under lockdown conditions for at least two days before the official announcement.

The organization reported that “several sources have also heard reports of panic buying due to the uncertainty of when the lockdown could end”.

In order to eliminate the virus “within the shortest possible time”, strict contact control measures have been implemented in the workplace.

Kim urged the North Koreans to “completely block the spread of the vicious virus by thoroughly locking down their areas in all cities and counties across the country.”

Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, told the Guardian that Pyongyang’s public admission of the outbreak means “the public health situation must be serious”.

However, it is believed that Kim will continue to turn down international offers of vaccines and other medical supplies because he wants to maintain his country’s isolation from the rest of the world.

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