North Korea said the source of its Covid-19 outbreak originated from citizens touching "alien things" near the South Korean border.

The regime said that an investigation commission "scientifically and finally confirmed" that the outbreak originated in Ipho-ri, in the extreme southeast of the country about 9 kilometers from the South Korean border, according to the state news agency KCNA.

"The investigation results showed that several persons coming from the area of Ipho-ri in Kumgang County of Kangwon Province to the capital city in mid-April were in fever and a sharp increase of fever cases (a term used by the regime to refer to suspected cases, given its lack of testing capacity) was witnessed among their contacts and that a group of fevered persons emerged in the area of Ipho-ri for the first time," it said.