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, while 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”.
For those not seriously ill, ruling-party newspaper Rodong Simnun recommended remedies including ginger or honeysuckle tea and a willow-leaf drink.
The state television of North Korea has advised patients to use painkillers such as ibuprofen as well as amoxicillin and other antibiotics.