North Korea locks down border city after 1st suspected COVID-19 case surfaces
New Delhi: North Korea has announced a lockdown in the border city of Kaesong after it reported the country's first suspected cases of COVID-19.
Since the novel coronavirus pandemic broke out in December last year, North Korea for the first time has reported a suspected case of COVID-19. Till now, North Korea had claimed that there were no cases of coronavirus in the country.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had reportedly called for an emergency meeting to implement "maximum emergency system and issue a top-class alert" to keep the virus from spreading among people in the country. If confirmed by North Korea, this will be the first case of coronavirus in the country.
According to various reports from international media, a defector who had reportedly escaped to South Korea three years ago had returned to Kaesong City on July 19. The person was put under strict quarantine along with anybody else who came in contact with the person.
As per news reports, North Korea had earlier closed its borders in January and imposed severe restrictions among its citizens after various cases of COVID-19 were detected in neighbouring China.