"We should not let children go outside, especially to public places or areas crowded with people," Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party, said in an article.
After the initial call for precautions, North Korean officials on Wednesday cited an unnamed medical study that claimed COVID-19 was more contagious than previously known, and that it could be transmitted through eye infections.
Citing how contagious the virus is, the party newspaper also implored people to avoid crowded places or long lines at stores, according to Yonhap.
Another North Korean propaganda outlet, Uriminzokkiri, reported that the country sealed off its borders to prevent the virus from spreading.
Kim's sister said Sunday that President Trump sent a personal letter to the North Korean dictator offering cooperation against the coronavirus pandemic and praised the dictator’s efforts to defend his people.