North Korea Declares National Emergency Over Covid-19 Pandemic

North Korea has announced an ‘explosive’ Covid-19 outbreak after the virus killed six people and infected more than 350,000 people. The announcement comes a day after the country reported its first ever Coronavirus case. Yesterday, North Korea reported 18,000 new ‘fever cases’ and six deaths, one of which tested positive for the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron. North Korea has not confirmed that all ‘fever’ cases and deaths are Covid-19, likely due to it’s limited testing capacity. Yesterday, Kim Jong Un visited the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters and acknowledged the spreading outbreak meant there was a ‘vulnerable point’ in the country’s epidemic prevention system.