North Korean authorities in Sinuiju have shut down transit in and out of the city presumably as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Daily NK sources have reported.
“Authorities in the city began completely blocking the entry of outsiders from about a week ago,” a North Pyongan Province-based source told Daily NK on Feb. 25. “Only those who are permitted or have been ordered to enter the city are allowed in.”
North Korean authorities have not provided any reason why Sinuiju has been cut off. North Koreans living near the city speculate that the city is being quarantined because of a COVID-19 outbreak.
“I haven’t heard of any deaths or of anyone being quarantined in the city due to the disease, however,” the source cautioned. ......