North Korea 's rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak is a " great disaster" for the country, its leader Kim Jong-un has said, according to state media.
Mr Kim called for an all-out battle to tackle the spread of The Virus during an emergency meeting on Saturday.
There are fears a major outbreak could have dire consequences in North Korea .
Its population of 25 million is vulnerable due to the lack of a vaccination programme and poor healthcare system.
And on Saturday, state media reported that there had been half A Million cases of unexplained fever in recent weeks. The country has limited testing capabilities so most Covid cases are not confirmed.
He blamed The Crisis on bureaucratic and medical incompetence, and suggested lessons could be learnt from the response of countries like neighbouring China.
State media reports that 27 people have died since April after suffering a fever.
The reports do not say whether they tested positive for Covid, apart from one death in the capital Pyongyang which was confirmed to be a case of the Omicron variant.
The secretive country rejected offers from The International community to supply millions of AstraZeneca and Chinese-made jabs Last Year . Instead, it claimed it had controlled Covid by sealing its borders early in January 2020.
It shares land borders with South Korea and China, which have both battled outbreaks. China is now struggling to contain an Omicron wave with lockdowns in its biggest cities.
He ordered " maximum emergency" virus controls, which appeared to include orders for local lockdowns and gathering restrictions in workplaces.You might also be interested in: