May 12th, 2022
North Korea has declared a national emergency following its first officially acknowledged Covid-19 outbreak. The authoritarian regime is imposing tough quarantine measures after long claiming to have kept cases at zero throughout the pandemic.
North Korea’s ruling class, called the Workers’ Party of Korea “discussed the problem of coping with the quarantine crisis” during a meeting on Thursday, the state-run KCNA reported, with officials noting the country is currently seeing its “most severe national emergency incident” since the global health crisis kicked off in late 2019.
According to a report by RT, state-run media claimed that “the Politburo recognized that it was necessary to transition the national quarantine system to the maximum emergency quarantine system in response to the current situation,” the outlet continued, adding that party leaders “criticized the ignorance, laxity, irresponsibility, and incompetence of the quarantine sector, which failed to
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