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North Korea’s First Coronavirus Outbreak May Spell Disaster

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For the last two years, the North Korean regime has repeatedly claimed to have had no COVID-19 cases at all. The regime has put in place draconian restrictions and other measures to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, but it has always continued to report zero cases. Throughout it all, many public health and North Korea experts have made it clear that they don’t believe the regime really kept the country COVID-free.

Now, that has suddenly changed. According to Yonhap News Agency, North Korea has announced its first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, leading the government to implement a "maximum emergency" virus control protocol. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was present at a Politburo meeting on the outbreak and wearing a mask, something he is believed to have not done in public........

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