The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Revised humanitarian response Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) May–December 2020

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Impact of COVID-19 on food security and agriculture

• Food insecurity is widespread in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea due to insufficient agricultural production, households’ inability to access diverse food, poor food utilization and a limited capacity to cope with recurrent natural disasters, including droughts and floods.

• Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in China in December 2019, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea took early measures in January 2020, including restrictions on the movement of people, goods and supplies across the country. These measures have prevented an outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, with no reported cases. In early April 2020, the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea started a phased relaxation of COVID-19-related restrictions and cautiously reopened limited cross-border trade with China along the Dandong-Shinju border. However, some COVID-19 containment measures remain in place, such as strict rules in economic activities and travel, as well as imports and fishing in border and coastal areas; and public health measures, including educational and awareness-raising campaigns.