Pyongyang: North Korean authorities have ordered a strict national lockdown after the first Covid-19 cases were reported in two years, BBC reported on Thrusday.
According to local media reports the capital Pyongyang is experiencing an Omicron outbreak but did not state the number of cases reported at the moment.
According to the state owned KCNA it was “the biggest emergency incident” that breached the country’s “quarantine front”, and that leader Kim Jong-un was in emergency talks to prepare the nation’s response.
However, observers believe the virus has long been present in the country.
North Korea has not administered a Covid-19 vaccine programme to its population, having rejected offers made to it of both the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine and AstraZeneca jabs.
The nation decided to keep out the virus by keeping its borders closed since the start of the pandemic, leading to a dire economic situation and food shortages.