According to statistics by February 23, more than half of all coronavirus infections in Korea were related to the Shincheonji sect.
According to Yonhap, the Shincheonji sect has been suspected as a hot spot, causing the number of Covid-19 infections in the country to skyrocket in recent days in the city of Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province.
According to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), by the evening of February 23, 329 people, accounting for about 54.7%, of the 602 confirmed cases of corona virus in the country. are members of the Shincheonji sect and the people who come in contact with them.
Earlier, the KCDC said it had ordered more than 9,300 of these sects to quarantine themselves. Of these, 1,248 people had symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
The 31st patient in South Korea, a Shincheonji follower, went to Daegu church four times before and after showing symptoms of corona virus infection. On February 18, she tested positive for the virus.
It was the first patient identified in Daegu – a city of 2.4 million and about 300 km from Seoul – as well as in North Gyeongsang Province.
Earlier this month, President Moon Jae-in announced that the Korean government had decided to raise the country’s epidemic alert level to its highest level after hundreds of Covid-19 cases were detected during the weekend.
He said medical officials were taking “special” measures involving Shincheonji followers – considered the Covid-19 epidemic epicenter in South Korea in recent days.
The President also asked Shincheonji members to cooperate and advised the people not to participate in crowded gatherings.
Against this backdrop, the Shincheonji church announced on its website, saying it works closely with health authorities to prevent the spread of the disease.
“We have asked 9,294 members of the Daegu church to isolate and all members should be checked for virus infection. Since February 18, we have closed 1,100 churches and denomination buildings. All activities, meetings and events were canceled, “a member of this organization said during the livestream on February 23.
This person adds that the church has submitted a list of all followers but 253 people have not been contacted.
He also asked the public to refrain from spreading baseless rumors about their sects and followers, claiming they were also victims of the corona virus.