Kim Jong-un chairs meeting to ‘intensify’ efforts against virus

Seoul, Sep 30 (efe-epa).- North Korea’s leader attended a meeting of the country’s ruling party that was aimed at stepping up efforts against the coronavirus, state media reported Wednesday.

Kim Jong-un presided over the 18th meeting of the powerful Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party, which was held on Tuesday.

The meeting “pointed out some faults found in preventing the inroads of the malignant virus” and discussed “issues on further intensifying the state emergency anti-epidemic work,” North Korean state-owned agency KCNA reported Wednesday.

The meeting, in which medical experts also took part, presented a report on the situation of COVID-19 in the world and “stressed the need to strictly guard against self-complacency, carelessness, irresponsibility and slackness in the anti-epidemic field and employ home-grown style and wisdom to further toughen anti-epidemic measures,” according to KCNA.

Organizational measures for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party on Oct. 10 were also discussed in the meeting.

Some analysts have pointed out that Pyongyang could be preparing to hold a large military parade on that day.

North Korea has not officially reported any coronavirus case to the World Health Organization so far.

The country has kept its borders sealed since the end of January, a measure that is having an adverse impact on its already weakened economy, which has also recently been hit by a succession of natural disasters.

On July 26, North Korea media reported that the country had detected its first “suspicious” case of COVID-19 in a deserter who returned to the country after fleeing to the South.

The regime decided to isolate the border region where the possible case was detected and quarantine thousands of people who may have come into contact with the potential infected individual, according to North Korean propaganda, which has not given any more details of the case ever since. EFE-EPA


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