The administration of the new President of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Seok-yol, expressed its readiness to deliver humanitarian aid to North Korea after it was reported that the first case of coronavirus infection was detected in the DPRK. This was announced on Thursday, May 12, by Newsis agency.
“I know there is an intention to provide humanitarian aid to North Korea,” a spokesman for the president’s office said.
Earlier Thursday, North Korea officially confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the country. In one patient, the Omicron strain was identified.
At the same time, a meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of the DPRK was urgently convened in Pyongyang. It was attended by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un. At the meeting, he said that the country “suddenly had an emergency due to the coronavirus,” and called on the relevant authorities to prevent the spread of infection in the country, in particular, to introduce a lockdown.
So far, the country has not officially reported a single case of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Last year, information appeared about a certain citizen who moved to South Korea, and then illegally returned to the territory of the DPRK. It was clarified that he was accused of spreading the coronavirus, but there were no official conclusions with the results of testing for infection on this issue.
All relevant information on the situation with coronavirus is available on the sites stopcoronavirus.rf and access to all.rf, as well as on the hashtag #WeTogether. Coronavirus hotline: 8-800-2000-112.