AKIPRESS.COM - Kim Jong-un has berated top officials over lapses which caused a "grave incident" related to Covid-19, North Korean state media report.
It was a rare sign of the pandemic's severity in North Korea, which previously insisted it had no Covid cases - a claim doubted by experts.
The country has closed its borders to keep out the virus, BBC reports.
But coupled with international sanctions, this has led to food shortages and a worsening economy.
Mr Kim previously admitted there was a "tense" food situation and told citizens to prepare for the "worst-ever" outcome, invoking comparisons to the country's deadly 1990s famine.