It is reported that the number of North Koreans complaining about their lives in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) is gradually increasing, and in recent years, residents who have been working hard for a business are suffering from economic difficulties so as to sell market stalls.
A source from North Hamgyeong Province told Daily NK on the 12th, “The lives of the residents are becoming more and more difficult due to the epidemic (Corona 19). In particular, the thorough blockade for 10 days for the participants of this 8th party conference has had an even more impact on the residents.” He said, “We have reached the point of selling even the sales floor, which is the same as the base of our lives.”
According to sources, in Chongjin City, the city was blocked for 10 days, and access to food in the market, food stalls and street stalls was completely prohibited. Accordingly, among the merchants, “I am a high school student because of the party participants.” Even the life I earned every day has become a mess,” a voice of lament flowed out.
Moreover, the merchants were doing business day by day in accordance with the North Korean authorities’ distancing guidelines, and they were barely living because they didn’t sell well, but they were hit by a blockade for ten days and eventually had to sell the shelves.
In this regard, a source said, “Many residents are now pushing to release their shelves in the markets in Qingjin City. They paid 30,000 won (RMB, about 5.1 million won) Chinese money to the market management office and the purchase price was half the price. “I am upset because it doesn’t sell even for 15,000 won per person.”
On the other hand, it is known that as the number of merchants trying to sell the shelves increases, the residents who are still doing business in the market are worried that the overall price of the expensive stores will drop.
In the midst of this, some merchants in industrial stores, where even a small amount of goods are sold, pity the situation of the residents who do business with food, and are showing a breeze to buy food for us, who are relatively less damaged, according to a source.
A source said, “Residents say that now is similar to the time of the march of hardship, and if they sold their houses at that time, the people who have lived in business are now selling shelves.” “If this situation persists, Some say that you can sit down.”
On the other hand, it has been reported that recently, there has been a phenomenon of changing business items among merchants. A source in South Pyongan Province said, “As the supply of imported goods declined due to the blockade, confusion has been created as distributors and retailers who used to handle Chinese products have switched items.”
In fact, the number of merchants who sold food such as flour, sugar, and cooking oil in Pyeongseong’s Okjeon Market fell by almost half, and merchants who were dealing with Chinese-made clothing and electronic products are said to have recently shown a movement to sell shelves or change to other varieties. .
In addition, the source added, “The market is so quiet that I doubt whether it is trying to close the market because of the epidemic.”
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