A Shincheonji churchgoer sparks a ‘super-spreader’ event
Shincheonji, which has almost 250,000 followers, was established in 1984 by Lee Man Hee, who claims to be the second coming of Jesus Christ and can take 144,000 people with him to heaven on Judgment Day.
A “super-spreader” event involving a 61-year-old woman at its Daegu branch, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, triggered nearly half South Korea’s COVID-19 infections, according to the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Twelve people have died, officials said to the Post.
The woman, identified as “Patient 31,” didn’t get herself tested for the coronavirus because she hadn’t traveled internationally and thought she’d simply picked up the common cold. Over two weekends, she came in contact with over 1,000 churchgoers who met at Daegu’s Shincheonji outpost for tightly-packed prayer services. Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin asked all of them to “stay at home isolated from their families.”
- The doomsday church cult that is at the heart of South Korea’s COVID-19 crisis was holding prayer sermons in Wuhan, China, where the illness originated, until December.
- About 200 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus met at the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak and mostly ignored rumors of the illness that began to swirl as far back as November, a kindergarten teacher told the South China Morning Post.
- Even so, she refused to believe that Wuhan-based members could have played a part in the outbreak in Daegu and the rest of South Korea because “none of our brothers and sisters read more >>>
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