September 28, 2020

North Koreans ‘still not awake’ to the dangers of COVID-19, state media says

Steep uptick in coverage of domestic coronavirus measures follows complete lockdown of Kaesong City

North Korean state media called out officials and citizens who are "still not awake" to the threat of COVID-19 in a series of articles in the Rodong Sinmun on Friday, with authorities demanding vigilance in the “life or death” fight against the virus.

The Rodong Sinmun articles come alongside a steep rise in coverage of domestic measures against the novel coronavirus, following the lockdown of a major city and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s warnings in a meeting late last week.