Kim declared a state of emergency and imposed a lockdown on Kaesong, calling it “a critical situation in which the vicious virus could be said to have entered the country.”
“An emergency event occurred in Kaesong city where a fugitive who traveled south three years ago, a person suspected of having been infected with the vicious virus returned on July 19 after illegally crossing the demarcation line, ”KCNA said.
It is not known if the person has yet been tested for COVID-19. According to KCNA, “an uncertain result was obtained following several medical examinations of the secretion of the upper respiratory organs and of the blood of this person”.
North Korea has imposed strict border restrictions since the start of the pandemic. Residents of the country were under a mass quarantine order that was recently relaxed.
North Korea says there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.