◆ People are most frustrated by lockdowns, which cause food shortages

―― We’ve heard that mobilizations to agricultural areas have been halted.

B:  People are still being sent to collective farms within the districts in which they live, but mobilizations to other areas have been stopped.


―― How are the authorities determining people have been infected by COVID-19?

B:  They just check people’s temperatures. I’ve never seen anyone do a PCR test. They say that the symptoms of COVID-19 are fevers and coughing; however, they’ve been saying that for a long time. Isn’t COVID-19 just like a summer cold?


――Is there an increasing sense of unrest among the people?

B:  People are afraid of lockdowns more than anything else. They fear not being able to get food. They remember their experience of facing starvation. They think: COVID-19 (lockdowns) may cause them to die of starvation.

※ ASIAPRESS communicates with its reporting partners through Chinese cell phones smuggled into North Korea.


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