North Korea reports first coronavirus infection


SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has urged North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to raise COVID-19 precautions to the highest level as North Korea announces its first coronavirus infection in more than two years of a pandemic.

The Korean Central News Agency said Thursday that a test conducted on an unspecified number of people in Pyongyang, the capital, confirmed that they had been infected with the Omicron strain.

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The media reported that Chairman Kim convened a meeting of the Politburo of the Workers’ Party of Korea and that members decided to take measures against the virus.

At the meeting, Chairman Kim urged officials to stabilize the transmission and eliminate the source of infection as soon as possible.

North Korea has previously claimed a perfect record of blocking COVID-19 in its territory. US-led sanctions on nuclear and missile programs and additional shocks to an economy already damaged by decades of mismanagement, closed borders to almost all trade and visitors for two years.

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