January 26, 2021

Stopping COVID-19 more important than the economy, North Korean media says

Rodong Sinmun article urges officials to play closer attention to pandemic control efforts

Safeguarding the North Korean people's lives against the global COVID-19 pandemic is more important than economic development, the country's ruling party daily stressed on Monday.

The article, carried on the front page of the Rodong Sinmun, argued that the country's "emergency quarantine" work was now higher priority than meeting deadlines for economic projects set to be completed on October 10 -- the ruling party's 75th founding anniversary.