Chairing a Party meeting on Tuesday, the leader said there was “a lack of maturity in the state’s ability to deal with the crisis” and criticized “the non-positive attitude, the softness and the inactivity of senior state officials,” the official KCNA news agency reported.

North Korea registered 232,880 new cases of “fever” on Tuesday evening, bringing the total toll to 1.72 million cases and 62 deaths, according to the same source.

At the meeting on Tuesday, Kim Jong Un vowed to “wake up the whole Party like an active volcano” to counter the spread of the virus.

Since the country announced its first case of Covid last Thursday, the leader has taken personal responsibility for the fight against the epidemic, which he says is causing “great upheaval” in the country.

He notably ordered a national confinement, his population not being vaccinated, and deployed the army to help fight against the coronavirus.

The army “has urgently deployed its powerful forces to all pharmacies in Pyongyang city and started providing medicine as part of a round-the-clock service,” KCNA said.

The WHO, however, expressed concern on Tuesday about the havoc Omicron can cause on the unvaccinated population of North Korea and reiterated its offer of assistance ranging from vaccines to medical equipment.

For now, the Pyongyang authorities do not seem to have responded to these calls.

North Korea’s healthcare system was ranked 193rd out of 195 countries in a study by Johns Hopkins University of the United States last year.

The country’s hospitals are notoriously under-equipped, with few intensive care units.

According to experts, the country has no treatment for Covid-19 and does not have the capacity to massively test its population.