February 22, 2024

More North Koreans sticking mysterious objects on face masks, state media shows

Mask accessories could be indicator of COVID vaccination or other health status, though their purpose remains unclear

As most of the world eases COVID-19 controls, North Koreans appear to be wearing more masks and have even started sticking mysterious accessories on them in recent weeks, according to NK News analysis of state media.

More and more people in the isolated country have appeared wearing large colorful stickers and clips attached to their masks as authorities maintain tight masking and social restrictions, though their purpose or function remains unclear.