North Korea reports first suspected case of COVID-19, declares state of emergency

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Published: July 26,2020 11:45 AM
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July 26, 2020: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un convened an emergency politburo meeting after a person suspected of having Covid-19 returned from South Korea after illegally crossing the border

July 26, 2020: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un convened an emergency politburo meeting after a person suspected of having Covid-19 returned from South Korea after illegally crossing the border this month, sources said.



If confirmed, it would be the first case officially acknowledged by North Korean authorities, who have so far said the country has no confirmed cases of coronavirus.



Kim declared a state of emergency and imposed a lockdown on the border city of Kaesong, calling it a critical situation in which the vicious virus could be said to have entered the country.



According to the sources, a person who defected to South Korea three years ago returned across the fortified border that divides the two Koreas with symptoms that suggested Covid-19.



North Korea has received thousands of coronavirus testing kits from Russia and other countries, and imposed strict border closures. Thousands of people in the secretive nation were quarantined, but restrictions had recently eased.



India had also extended medical assistance worth about USD 1 million to North Korea in response to a request received from the World Health Organisation (WHO) On July 25.