North Korea officially announces its first COVID-19 outbreak

Saturday, May 14, 2022


Quoting The Diplomat:
For the first time, North Korea has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case within the country. The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on May 12 that a “specimen from persons with fever” in Pyongyang had come back positive for the Omicron BA.2 variant, a particularly contagious strain of the virus. The phrasing of the announcement makes it unclear how many people are infected. KCNA called the development a “most serious emergency case of the state.”
By complete chance, I found this very announcement in the Voice of Korea's English language transmission that I managed to record during one of my regular outdoor spectrum capture outings:

I made this spectrum capture on May 12, 2022 using GPD MicroPC, AirSpy Mini, SpyVerter 2, Wellbrook UMB130 balun and a 2x6m dipole.

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