SEOUL, May 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday announced its first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 and declared the implementation of the "maximum emergency" virus control system.
Authorities concluded that samples collected from fever-ridden patients on Sunday in Pyongyang were identical to omicron, according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The North's leader Kim Jong-un vowed to overcome the "unexpected crisis," it reported.
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