December 07, 2023

‘Runaway’ causes first suspected COVID-19 case in North Korea, state media says

North Korean leader issues lockdown for Kaesong, raises “top-class alert”

North Korea may be facing its first known case of COVID-19 after a "runaway" person allegedly crossed the border and was found in Kaesong City, state media reported on Sunday.

"A runaway who went to the south three years ago" is "suspected to have been infected with the vicious virus" after "illegally crossing" the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) on July 19, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).