North Korea confirms first Covid-19 case ever | World news

North Korea on Thursday confirmed its first case of Covid-19 ever, with state media calling it a “serious national emergency” after more than two years of holding the pandemic.

The official KCNA news agency said the case was “consistent with” the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus.

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