In the middle of the rise in economic activities in the spring period, North Korea’s state-run media said the country is boosting its measures to remain on the lookout against the prolonged coronavirus crisis.
North Koreans were encouraged by the official Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) to maintain their guard, particularly in schools, construction locations and farming sites during the spring period as the spread of new virus variants is reported globally.
“We are putting foremost priority in tightening antivirus efforts to proactively spot any flaws that could come up on the socioeconomic front and to immediately report even the slightest problem as our struggle to achieve the five-year economic plan is in full swing,” according to KCBS.
The reclusive state seemed to fortify its measures against the infectious disease following its celebration with the birth anniversary of the regime’s founder Kim Il-sung earlier this April, which they marked with performances.
Since the global outbreak, North Korea has maintained its COVID-free claim.
Despite this, it has taken strict efforts to prevent the virus through implementing border restrictions since 2020.
There were also reports circulating that authorities are urging anti-virus measures violators to submit themselves.
The recent move aligns with the reality that the state’s authorities label COVID-19 measures offenders as “human trash”.
Online newspaper Daily NK reported that they acquired materials pointing to the said measure, which bears the title: “All people should have a high sense of civility and actively confess [their violations of COVID-19 regulations].”
The said materials stress authorities’ call that “Violators of COVID-19 guidelines and their families should turn themselves in”, as well as “Those who illegally crossed the border, smuggled, and traded should turn themselves in and confess [their crimes], no matter how small.
“If you turn yourself in while [the authorities] are providing this opportunity, you will be forgiven,” the materials stated. “However, [if you do not turn yourself in and are caught], you will be punished by the Party to the full extent of the law for the crime of hindering anti-COVID measures put in place to protect the well-being of the country and its people,” it added.
Apart from the violators themselves, authorities also encourage their families and relatives to turn in reports of violations.
“You should come to the relevant authorities] and report offenses including violation of anti-disease guidelines or the border blockade, smuggling, and illegal trade up until this point – not just for yourself, but for anyone you know, including your relatives and fellow inminban members,” part of the material states.