North Korea has confirmed the first case of corona infection and has also announced a nationwide lockdown. This lockdown has been named ‘Serious Emergency’ by dictator Kim Jong Un. Earlier, North Korea had so far refused to believe that any case of corona has been found in it. But now the case itself has been confirmed and restrictions have also been announced. Although some reports claimed that many cases of corona infection had been found in North Korea even earlier. The Korean Central News Agency reported that the patient found in Pyongyang had symptoms of fever and after investigation the Omicron BA.2 variant was confirmed.
Kim Jong Un called a meeting of senior officials on Thursday and then announced a lockdown to deal with the Corona crisis. Kim Jong Un ordered that lockdown be imposed in all cities and restrictions should be followed. However, it has not been revealed yet what restrictions have been imposed on Korean citizens. Announcing the lockdown, Kim Jong Un assured that the country would win from the corona infection. He said that we will overcome the situation that has arisen and soon we will get victory over it.
There is a possibility of spreading infection on a large scale, the risk may increase
So far it is not clear how many corona cases have been found in North Korea, but only one case has been confirmed. It is feared that cases of large-scale infection may have been found in the country, only then the lockdown has been announced. Actually North Korea has a population of 25 million and so far no vaccination campaign has been conducted there. In such a situation, it is believed that a big crisis can arise in front of him. Seoul-based professor Leif Eric Eisley said Pyongyang has publicly acknowledged the case and the health system there is very weak.
WHO and Russia had refused to take the vaccine
Apart from this, questions are also being raised on the policy of dealing with infection from lockdown. This is because the policy does not seem to work against the Omicron variant. The strategy of zero covid case was adopted in China by imposing strict lockdown, but it could not be successful. It is worth noting that North Korea had rejected the offers of vaccines given by the World Health Organization, Russia and China.