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‘Gravest National Emergency’: North Korea Locks Down Entire Nation Amid First Reported Omicron Case

North Korea reported an Omicron variant case in the capital city of Pyongyang on Thursday and ordered a countrywide lockdown amid the “gravest national emergency.”

Reuters reported that the infection is the first case of COVID-19 reported by the reclusive communist nation, which has no official record of its citizens being vaccinated.

“The state’s most serious emergency has occurred: A break emerged in our emergency epidemic prevention front that had been firmly defended until now,” state-sponsored North Korean news agency KCNA said, according to Reuters.

In a meeting with the Workers’ Party politburo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a “strict lockdown” for the entire nation, as well as the use of emergency medical supply reserves. Likely wearing a mask in public for the first time, Kim emphasized that the nation will endure the outbreak because the government and people are “united as one,” the Associated Press reported.

“North Korea, which has maintained

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