Seoul, May 14:
North Korea is facing the biggest challenge since the foundation of the republic over the spread of Covid-19, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said. Kim said that the country must focus on implementing the anti-coronavirus measures and boost them to stop the spread of the disease.
According to reports, the country has reported 17,400 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 520,000. Notably, 21 new fatalities were also reported due to the coronavirus cases.
North Korea reported the first coronavirus deaths on Friday. At least six persons were confirmed dead yesterday in the country. On Thursday, the country announced a "major national emergency" after reporting its first case of COVID-19 Omicron variant and put in place a "maximum emergency" virus control system with leader Kim Jong Un vowing to "eliminate" the virus.
Top officials, including the country's leader Kim Jong Un, held a crisis politburo meeting to discuss the outbreak and announced they would implement a "maximum emergency" virus control system. With this North Korea's coronavirus-free claim has come to an end.