North Korea locks down border city as first possible covid-19 case is announced
Coronavirus test results were described as “uncertain,” but the person was still put under quarantine while health officials launched an investigation into those who might have come in contact with the individual in Kaesong, the state media reported.
If confirmed, he or she would be North Korea’s first official covid-19 patient in a country that has remained “virus-free,” according to Pyongyang authorities.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened a Politburo meeting Saturday to address “the dangerous situation in Kaesong City that may lead to a deadly and destructive disaster,” state media said.
Kim declared a state of emergency in the Kaesong area and discussed lockdown measures that were put in place late Friday, shortly after the suspected case was reported.
A coronavirus outbreak would pose a significant threat to North Korea’s limited health system, which lacks basic protective equipment and medical supplies. The isolated country, mindful of the threat, further sealed itself off from the outside world as the coronavirus spread to areas …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]