Workers expected to return to Vladivostok by May.
Opportunistic ‘capitalists’ buy food in large quantities to sell at higher prices.
Trade with China has been at a standstill since the outbreak, so authorities hope to provide some relief.
Students rejoice at extended vacation, but also face warnings about watching foreign TV.
With businesses shut down, those needing money get in on meth trade.
A complete lockdown of the Sino-Korean border has left Chinese businessmen stuck in the North.
Residents complain that government cares more about the political ‘Day of The Sun’ holiday than easing hardships in their lives.
Tutors who defy government orders say 'starving is worse than corona virus.'
Sources say lack of information and skyrocketing food prices have made masks a non-priority.
Original quarantine period was supposed to be 15 days, but some have been in as long as 50.
Sources say the supplies are headed to Pyongyang, home of the nation’s elite.
Wealthy people can simply pay their way out of mobilization for the whole year.
Critics say the Moon administration’s failure to discuss crimes against humanity with Pyongyang is akin to appeasement.
As virus scare makes food more expensive, parents resent being made to fund school cleansing.
Experts say North Korea is still downplaying the presence of the virus inside the country.
Expert applauds decision, but says humanitarian organizations should not need exemptions.
Sports and arts festivals held yearly since the 1970s were canceled for the first time in 2020.
Higher-ups asked police to cover it up, so they sent the case to the prosecutor’s office, which launched a three-month investigation.
Virus news top story in news broadcasts, even before Kim Jong Un propaganda.
Keeping elites in the capital healthy is the government’s priority, sources say.
Residents suspicious because hospitals usually don't handle cremation.
Many residents rely on smuggling for their living, but authorities redefine it as treasonous.
They thought Pyongyang and Washington would strike a deal for sanctions relief, but now they just want their money back.
North Korean refugees living in South Korea see Thae Yong Ho’s candidacy as a ray of hope.
Cross-border trade is suspended, so traders forced to borrow living expenses, while workers have no jobs with no goods coming in.
Terminal TB patients in the hospital can be highly contagious, but the repatriated North Koreans must ride out coronavirus there.
Government throws caution to the wind as it needs foreign currency, sources say.
The isolated people are forced to pay for their own food and lodging.
Traders try to smuggle South Korean masks as government tightens border control.
Sources say the group of 15 included government officials, possibly with secret information.