◆ People in isolation get no rice nor medicine

Another ASIAPRESS reporting partner in Hyesan, “E,” delivered a brief report about conditions in the city on May 20. “E” said that he had been placed in isolation because a close relative had come down with a fever. ASIAPRESS and “E” were barely able to connect by phone, but he was able to deliver the following brief report.

E:  The relative had a fever and complained that his symptoms were worse than a cold. It’s not clear whether its COVID-19 or not. He is still in isolation, but he hasn’t received any medicine or anything to eat from the government. He has reserves of rice, but there’s no firewood to burn to make it, so he hasn’t eaten for two days. He’s said that his condition has improved a lot, however.

※ Hyesan was put under lockdown in November 2020 and February 2021 after it was discovered that people had crossed over the border from China. At the time, there were reports that people had died due to the lack of food and medicine.

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

Map of North Korea ( ASIAPRESS)