South Korea accuses spiritual sect chief as COVID-19 circumstances surge

Seoul, August 16

South Korea accused the chief of a spiritual sect on Sunday of violating self-isolation guidelines and obstructing investigations into the nation’s greatest outbreak of recent coronavirus in 5 months.

South Korea on Sunday reported 279 new circumstances on Sunday, greater than double the 103 reported on Friday, with many of the new infections present in and round Seoul.

The capital posted a file 146 new circumstances, out of which 107 have been linked to Sarang Jeil Church led by Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon, a controversial pastor and an outspoken authorities critic.

The well being ministry stated it can file a criticism in opposition to Jun in a while Sunday, accusing him of violating self-isolation guidelines by collaborating in a rally on Saturday and “obstructing” epidemiological investigation by failing to submit a full listing of church members for testing and tracing.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the road on the August 15 liberation day on Tuesday, protesting in opposition to President Moon Jae-in’s insurance policies and defying a ban on rallies within the capital.

The surge in COVID-19 circumstances prompted authorities on Sunday to reimpose tighter social distancing curbs, and President Moon warned of “stern and strong measures” in opposition to “some churches”, calling their behaviour an “unforgivable act that threatens public lives”.

Jun’s church didn’t reply to phone calls from Reuters looking for remark.

Another Christian sect, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, was on the centre of the nation’s largest outbreak of COVID-19 infections in February. The secretive group was linked to 36 per cent of South Korea’s whole circumstances, and on August 1, South Korean authorities arrested its founder, Lee Man-hee, for allegedly hiding essential data from contact-tracers. Reuters

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