North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday criticized the country's negligence in containing the initial coronavirus wave as infections continued to spread nationwide.

State news agency KCNA reported Wednesday that the politburo held a meeting chaired by Kim Jong-un discussing how "top Party officials and state organs have failed to properly handle matters in the current health crisis due to the lack of experience."

Kim spoke of "immaturity," "negative attitudes" or "laziness" in "the early phase" of the health emergency, in which, he said, "time is of the essence."