South Korea is conducting a survey of Korean War-separated families to determine the number of survivors and demand for reunions with their loved ones in North Korea.
Seoul's unification ministry said the survey, from Tuesday through the end of October, will cover around 48-thousand people who have already applied for reunions as well as new applicants.
South Korea has been conducting the study every five years since 2011.
In light of the pandemic, South Korea plans to establish six to seven more video reunion centers nationwide on top of the 13 in the greater Seoul area.
The two Koreas held their last face-to-face reunion of war-separated families in 2018.