(ANSA) – Korea’s court leader Kim Jong-un declared “high alert” in the country after the identification of a “suspected case” of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Officially, the Asian nation did not have any people infected in the pandemic, despite having a land border with China, ground zero of the crisis, but the regime in force in Pyongyang does not allow verification of the information independently.
Kim chaired an emergency meeting on Saturday (25) and decided to implement a “high alert system” to contain the virus, in addition to putting the city of Kaesong, on the border with South Korea, in lockdown.
According to the official KCNA agency, the first suspected case recorded by North Korea is that of an alleged defector who allegedly fled to the South and returned “illegally” on July 19.
South Korean officials, however, do not record any news of people crossing the border, which is one of the most militarized in the world. The patient was identified in the city of Kaesong and placed in “rigid quarantine”, according to KCNA.