February 25, 2024

North Korea reports first-ever COVID-19 outbreak

State media announces ‘maximum’ quarantine procedures to fight Omicron infections in the country

Updated at 6:15 p.m. May 12 KST to include Kim Jong Un’s remarks and more expert comments

North Korea says it’s battling its first COVID-19 outbreak, nearly two-and-a-half years after the worldwide pandemic began.