At the time when a thorough campaign has been waged to check the inroads of the worldwide pandemic, an unexpected event happened in Kaesong City in which a man suspected of having been infected with the virulent virus came back on July 19 illegally crossing the Military Demarcation Line, three years after he had smuggled himself into south Korea.
The anti-epidemic authorities said with several medical tests of the secretion of the intruder's upper airway and blood suggesting possibilities of infection, he was put under strict quarantine as a primary step and all the people in Kaesong City who had contacted him and those who had been to the city over the last five days are being thoroughly checked out, medically examined and quarantined, with the help of the relevant sector.
The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea convened an emergency enlarged meeting in the office building of the WPK Central Committee on July 25 as regards the dangerous situation in Kaesong City that might cause a deadly and destructive disaster.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the WPK, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, attended the meeting.
The meeting was also attended by members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee.
Present there as observers were members of the Central Emergency Anti-epidemic Headquarters.
Leading Party and administrative officials of the Cabinet, ministries and national agencies, members of the executive committees of provincial Party committees and senior officials of the provincial-level leading institutions were present in the video conference rooms as observers.
Upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, Chairman Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting.
Despite the intense preventive anti-epidemic measures taken in all fields throughout the country and tight closure of all the channels for the last six months, he said, a critical situation has occurred in which the vicious virus could have entered the country. He referred to the fact that a preemptive measure was taken on the afternoon of July 24 immediately after receiving the report on it to cut off Kaesong City and isolate each district and region of it.
To address the present situation, he declared a state of emergency in the relevant area and clarified the determination of the Party Central Committee to raise the level of the state emergency anti-epidemic system to the top and issue the red alert.
He specified tasks for each sector which should immediately be implemented by Party and working people's organizations, power, public security and state security organs and anti-epidemic and public health institutions.
The meeting unanimously adopted a decision of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee on raising the level of the state emergency anti-epidemic system to the top.
He instructed all the participants to immediately organize works to carry out the decision of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee in their fields and units, and party organizations at all levels and every field to ensure and guarantee the most correct implementation of the directions and assignments of the Party Central Committee with a great sense of responsibility, loyalty and devotion.
He underscored the need to thoroughly maintain strict organizational discipline and ensure the unity in action and thinking throughout the Party and society, to keep order by which everyone absolutely obeys the command of the emergency anti-epidemic headquarters and moves as one under it and for party organizations at all levels to perform their function and role perfectly.
He said that everyone should face up to the reality of emergency gravely, calling on them all to overcome the present epidemic crisis by remaining faithful and consistent to the leadership of the Party Central Committee with responsibility and devotion without losing the focus of thinking and action and uniting more closely behind it so as to defend the welfare of the people and security of the country without fail.