Leader Kim Jong-un has also called the spread of Covid-19 in North Korea a “grave tragedy,” according to official media.
Even during an emergency meeting on Saturday, Mr. Kim called for an all-out war against the spread of the illness.
In the wake of the first verified cases on Thursday, while specialists think the virus has also likely been spreading for some time, authorities reported the second round of cases on Friday.
An epidemic of any magnitude in North Korea would be disastrous, according to some experts.
Poor healthcare and a complete lack of a vaccination program put its 25 million residents at risk.
A half-million instances of unexplained fever were reported by state media on Saturday. As a result, most Covid instances remain unconfirmed in the nation.
This was a significant rise over the figures released on Friday and Thursday, and it may provide some insight into the scope of the epidemic in North Korea.
According to the official KCNA news agency, “the spread of the malignant pandemic is [the worst] upheaval to descend on our nation since its inception.”
According to him, the crisis was caused by bureaucratic and medical ineptitude and that China’s reaction might serve as a model for the rest of the world.
Since April, 27 individuals have died from a fever, according to state media.
Only one fatality in Pyongyang was proven to be an instance of the Omicron type of Covid, according to the official reports.
After two years of claiming to be rid of Covid, the North Koreans finally admitted it on Thursday in a move that shocked the world.
Although AstraZeneca and Chinese-made vaccines were offered to the secretive government, it turned them down. Instead, it claimed that it had taken control of Covid by securing its southern borders early in January of that year..
There have been outbreaks in South Korea and China, both of which share land borders with it. Lockdowns have been put in place in China’s largest cities as a result of an Omicron wave.
On Thursday, Mr. Kim appeared on television wearing a face mask for the first time when he appeared at a meeting on new Covid regulations.
He ordered viral controls for “maximum emergency,” which looked to include directives for local independent lockdowns and limitations on gathering in places of employment.
After the declaration on Thursday, South Korea stated it provided humanitarian help. However, Pyongyang has yet to reply.