S.Korea willing to provide humanitarian aid to N.Korea amid reports of Omicron variant – Newsis

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South Korea’s new President Yoon Suk-yeol waves to his supporters while leaving after attending his inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, May 10, 2022.

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s presidential office expressed willingness to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea after it officially confirmed the first outbreak of COVID-19 in Pyongyang on Thursday, South Korea’s Newsis reported.

The North’s official KCNA said earlier in the day a sub-variant of the highly transmissible Omicron virus has been detected in samples collected on Sunday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered all cities and counties to “strictly lock down” their regions to prevent the spread of the virus, KCNA said.