New Delhi: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered a nationwide lockdown after the country reported its first-ever case of COVID-19.
“Kim orders factories, businesses and homes to be closed down and reorganised ‘to flawlessly and perfectly block the spread vacuum of the malicious virus,’ KCNA reported.
Reportedly, Kim Jong Un held a crisis meeting with top officials to discuss the outbreak and announced they would implement a “maximum emergency” virus control system.
Kim told the meeting that “the goal was to eliminate the root within the shortest period of time,” according to KCNA.
“He assured us that because of the people’s high political awareness… we will surely overcome the emergency and win the emergency quarantine project,” it said.
Kim called for tighter border controls and lockdown measures, telling citizens “to completely block the spread of the malicious virus by thoroughly blocking their areas in all cities and counties across the country”.