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North Korea Reports First Suspected COVID-19 Case, Analysts suggest the Country may be Appealing for Global Help

  • The state media of North Korea has said that the country has declared an emergency as well as a lockdown in a border town (called Kaesong) after a person (who reportedly defected 3-years back) suspected of having COVID-19 infection illegally crossed the border and returned from South Korea. An emergency politburo meeting has been convened by the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, in response to “critical situation in which the vicious virus could be said to have entered the country”, as per North’s KCNA state news. Choo Jae-woo, a professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, said that “It’s an ice-breaking moment for North Korea to admit a case… It could be reaching out to the world for help. Perhaps for humanitarian assistance.”