SEOUL, Nov. 15 (UPI) — North Korean chief Kim Jong Un known as for stronger COVID-19 prevention measures at a gathering of the politburo of the ruling Staff’ Get together, state media reported on Monday, marking his first public look in 25 days.

The assembly, which was held Sunday, “mentioned in depth the problem of additional tightening the state emergency anti-epidemic system within the face of the ever-worsening worldwide well being disaster,” Korean Central Information Company reported.

Kim “careworn the necessity to hold a excessive alert, construct a decent blocking wall and additional intensify the anti-epidemic work,” KCNA stated.

As of Nov. 5, North Korea has performed greater than 12,000 assessments however has not had any confirmed instances of COVID-19, in keeping with the World Well being Group.

General, the nation has reported 6,173 suspected instances, eight of which had been foreigners, with 174 folks being held in quarantine over the last week of October.

Exterior consultants query whether or not North Korea has actually managed to keep away from the lethal pandemic, however the totalitarian state took dramatic steps early by utterly sealing its borders in January.

The nation has additionally given its troops “shoot-to-kill orders” on the border to stop the coronavirus from coming into the nation, in keeping with Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

In September, North Korean troopers shot and killed a South Korean fisheries official who drifted throughout the maritime boundary. Seoul navy officers initially reported that the troopers burned his physique, an allegation that Pyongyang has denied and which has not but been conclusively confirmed.

South Korea’s Nationwide Intelligence Service stated final week that the North has additionally laid landmines at its border with China to assist fend off the coronavirus, fearing an outbreak would overwhelm its restricted medical infrastructure, in keeping with South Korean information company Yonhap.

Sunday’s public look by Kim was his first since Oct. 22, when KCNA reported that he visited a cemetery to pay respects to Chinese language troopers who participated within the 1950-1953 Korean Warfare. On Oct. 10, the North Korean chief presided over an enormous navy parade, the place a brand new intercontinental ballistic missile was unveiled.

Kim disappeared from view in April for about three weeks, fueling widespread hypothesis about his well being, with some rumors claiming that his loss of life was imminent.

The North Korean chief has remained silent concerning the outcomes of the Nov. three U.S. normal election, during which President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump.

Trump and Kim met thrice throughout a interval of renewed d├ętente with North Korea, with the 2 leaders continuously exchanging private letters and publicly praising each other. Nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have lengthy been stalled, nonetheless, after a Trump-Kim summit held final yr in Hanoi, Vietnam, failed to provide an settlement.