North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared in a face mask to order nationwide lockdowns.
North Korea is grappling with the spread of Covid in an unvaccinated population, without access to effective anti-viral drugs.
In early 2020, the country sealed its borders to try to insulate itself from the pandemic.
Its leadership has so far rejected outside medical support.
And state media has recommended traditional treatments to deal with what is referred to as “fever”.
State media recently interviewed a couple who recommended gargling with salt water morning and night.
North Korea’s health system has been set up to offer free medical care from basic services at village level up to specialised treatment in government hospitals (usually in urban centres).