Kim Jong Un wears a mask in public for the first time since 2020

At the same time, the DPRK Central Telegraph Agency also released pictures taken at the same meeting, where Kim Jong-un was already without a protective mask on his face. “Chairman Kim Jong-un took off his mask during a speech during the meeting, after which he laid it on the table. This is the first time that Kim Jong-un has been shown wearing a mask,” Yonhap News explained.

On the morning of May 12, it became known that the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of the DPRK would urgently meet for a meeting due to information about the first case of coronavirus infection in the country since 2020. The diagnosis was based on the results of tests taken from patients with symptoms of SARS and “fever” in Pyongyang.

It turned out that several patients were infected with the BA.2 coronavirus variant, the Omicron strain. Due to the emergence of new cases of the disease, the North Korean authorities decided to implement a mandatory virus control system.

In 2020, Kim Jong-un argued that the DPRK was able to completely get rid of COVID-19 through the promptly adopted emergency measures by the party and due to the willingness of the population to strictly implement these measures. “The foresight of the leadership and the high level of consciousness of citizens made it possible to neutralize the virus threat,” the head of the republic emphasized in June last year.

On May 10, 4,531 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Russia against 5,030 the day before. The Operational Headquarters for Combating COVID-19 clarified that the rate of daily increase in the incidence of fell below 5,000 new cases for the first time since September 2020.

At the same time, Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko warned on April 30 that, according to the received medical data, the risk of a new surge in the incidence of coronavirus is high in the country, which may happen already in June. In this regard, the head of the Ministry of Health called on the Russians to promptly revaccinate in order to increase collective immunity.

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