For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the early months of 2020, officials in North Korea have acknowledged the presence of, or an outbreak of the virus.
According to the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Rodong Sinmun:
The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) on May 12 decided as follows in connection with the grave situation such as the inroads of stealth Omicron variant into the country amid the ever-worsening worldwide public health crisis:
The state epidemic prevention work shall be switched over to the maximum emergency epidemic prevention system.
The state emergency epidemic prevention command shall take practical measures to switch over from the state epidemic prevention work to the maximum emergency epidemic prevention system and strictly control and command the overall epidemic prevention work of the country.
The Party, administrative and economic organs, public and state security and armed forces organs and all other organs and sectors shall unconditionally accept the instructions of the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters as the demand of the Party Central Committee and thoroughly implement them, and establish the work system in an orderly way in keeping with switching over to the maximum emergency epidemic prevention system so that the slightest deviations are not be revealed in the overall state work.
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