The spread of the COVID-19 infection from churches is increasing. Since the first confirmed case was released at Sarang First Church in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul on the 12th of August, the number of confirmed cases has exceeded 300. Pastor Jun Kwang-hoon of Sarang First Church was also tested positive for COVID-19 today.
As the quarantine authorities are showing signs of entering the initial stage of a massive recurrence, they are taking all-out action at the pan-ministerial level.
The quarantine authorities said on the same day, “The pastor was confirmed to be a COVID-19,” adding, “The pastor needs to be quarantined at a hospital.” Those who came into contact at the Liberation Day rally in Seoul on August 15 should also be quarantined and examined quickly,” he said.
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The total number of new confirmed cases came to 15,515 on the same day. Since surpassing the 100 marks with 103 on the 14th, 745 confirmed cases have been recorded for four consecutive days, with 166 on the 15th and 279 on the 16th.
According to the route of infection, 188 people have domestic outbreaks and nine people have entered foreign countries. The number of confirmed cases in Korea was 89 in Seoul and 67 in Gyeonggi Province, with 156 out of 188 coming from these two regions. In addition, seven each from Incheon, Busan, and Gwangju, three each from South Chungcheong Province, two each from North Chungcheong Province and Daejeon, and one each from Daegu, Gangwon Province, North Jeolla Province and North Gyeongsang Province.
Infection caused by religious activities and meetings is being transmitted in a series of secondary infections in non-capital areas and call centers, daycare centers, and nursing hospitals, which also raise the risk of spreading the virus infection.