Archiv: Shincheonji Church of Jesus (sect)

21.03.2020 - 08:01 [ ]

New virus infections up again; cluster outbreaks, imported cases in focus

As of 2 p.m., 104 people, mostly elderly patients with underlying illnesses, have died from the respiratory virus that emerged in China late last year, the KCDC said, adding that 62 virus patients are currently in critical condition.

About 57 percent of the country’s confirmed cases have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus religious sect here.

19.03.2020 - 07:30 [ ]

S. Korea sees uptick in new virus cases as new clusters pop up

Of the 152 new cases, 97 are in Daegu and 12 are in North Gyeongsang, the KCDC said. The total number of confirmed cases in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, the two epicenters of the virus outbreak here, stood at 6,241 and 1,190, respectively.

Officials in Daegu said 75 new cases have been discovered from a nursing hospital named Hansarang Convalescent Hospital in the city.

18.03.2020 - 09:17 [ ]

Daegu reports another cluster infection from nursing hospital

The pace of daily new infections has slowed markedly as the KCDC completed extensive testing of 210,000 Shincheonji followers at the center of the rapid spread, but the authorities are still on high alert over new clusters of infections, including at a call center in Seoul’s Guro district and a new case linked to a church in Seongnam.

17.03.2020 - 07:33 [ Yonhap ]

New cases in S. Korea stay low for 3rd day, cluster infections rising in capital area

About 61 percent of confirmed cases have been linked to a branch of the Shincheonji religious sect in Daegu, which has a population of 2.5 million and is the country’s fourth-largest city.

The pace of daily new infections has slowed markedly since the second week of this month as health authorities completed extensive testing of 210,000 Shincheonji followers at the center of the rapid spread,

14.03.2020 - 15:35 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea’s virus cases continue to slow, cluster infections still worrisome

The pace of daily new infections has shown signs of slowing in recent days as health authorities completed extensive testing of 210,000 Shincheonji followers who are at the center of the rapid spread.

But authorities are still on high alert over new clusters of infections, including at a call center in Seoul’s Guro district and the country’s government complex in the administrative city of Sejong.

Of the new cases, 62 are in Daegu and six are in North Gyeongsang Province, where Daegu is located, the KCDC said.

13.03.2020 - 12:20 [ Kang Jin Kyu, @AFP Seoul correspondent / Twitter ]

‚ 음성‘ = ‚Negative‘ . The testing itself took around 3 minutes following an inquiry on my prior movements, which included three trips to #Daegu in past 3 weeks and an interview at #shincheonji headquarters

13.03.2020 - 12:12 [ ]

Regierung warnt vor Einschleppung aus Ausland trotz verlangsamter Corona-Ausbreitung im Inland

Angesichts der weltweiten weiteren Verbreitung stelle eine Einschleppung aus dem Ausland jedoch ein beträchtliches Risiko dar, warnte er.

Auch würden immer wieder vereinzelte Masseninfektionen in Einrichtungen wie Pflegeheimen und Call-Centern gemeldet.

12.03.2020 - 20:23 [ HanSolar / Twitter ]

Korean #Coronavirus news : – 99 people out of 102 in a mental hospital infected – 75% of all 763 infected are related to the religious cult #Shincheonji – The district health official in ground zero(Daegu) was secretly a #Shincheonji follower.


You just can’t make this shit up

12.03.2020 - 20:21 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: South Korea confirms huge rise in cases


In a statement, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that of the 229 new cases, 95 were related to Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo, which treats the elderly and people with mental health issues. There are now 114 confirmed cases at the hospital – nine staff and 102 patients – it added.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said the outbreak had entered „a serious new phase“.

He said most of those diagnosed at the hospital had been inpatients for mental illnesses. Some cases showed „no confirmed epidemiological connections“, meaning it was not clear how they had contracted the virus, he added.

12.03.2020 - 20:18 [ LA Times ]

The mentally ill. The disabled. The elderly. The coronavirus hit hardest where the frail gathered


His lonely death in the early hours of Feb. 19 became a matter of urgent public interest when he was posthumously confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, becoming the first killed by the illness in South Korea. Six others who’d been housed alongside him at the psych ward at the private Cheongdo Daenam Hospital in the country’s southeast, all in their 50s and 60s, also died within days. Of 102 patients in the psych ward, 100 had contracted the deadly virus.

Authorities haven’t determined how the virus made its way into the locked ward,

12.03.2020 - 19:57 [ Yonhap (Südkorea) ]

Virus infections linked to Seoul call center reach at least 105

Authorities have been on alert for group transmissions after Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province have been hit by infections traced to the fringe religious sect Shincheonji. More than 60 percent of the country’s total infections are linked to the religious sect.

12.03.2020 - 19:49 [ New York Times ]

‘Proselytizing Robots’: Inside South Korean Church at Outbreak’s Center

More than 1.2 million citizens have called for the secretive church to be disbanded. One province asked the public to report church members to a hotline for coronavirus testing. Smartphone apps help identify the church’s 1,100 once-obscure facilities in South Korea, most already plastered with “off-limits” signs by disease-control officials.

12.03.2020 - 19:45 [ Washington Post ]

South Korea orders temporary shutdown of messianic church linked to more than half the country’s coronavirus cases


South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the country’s coronavirus crisis has entered a “totally different phase since the mass infection at Shincheonji.” Hundreds of thousands signed a petition calling for the church to be dissolved.

Moon called the temporary shutdown of Shincheonji churches across the country “a fair and inevitable step” to protect the community. He said there was “no intention to limit religious freedom.”

11.03.2020 - 08:08 [ Yonhap ]

More than 90 infections linked to Seoul call center, numbers feared to rise

Commercial and office spaces on the first to 12th floors of the building, which include a wedding hall and a Starbucks franchise, have been shut down, while the city government is closely monitoring residents who live on the 13th to 19th floors of the building, he said.

The health ministry, meanwhile, said that five of the 207 workers were found to be followers of Shincheonji, which is associated with more than 60 percent of South Korea’s total infections.

All five have so far tested negative,

11.03.2020 - 08:07 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea’s virus cases rebound amid cluster infection in Seoul

Seoul’s confirmed cases jumped by 52 to 193, with at least 65 cases linked to a call center in Guro Ward and another 14 cases linked to Eunpyeong St. Mary’s Hospital in Eunpyeong Ward. Another 13 cases in Seoul came from an apartment building in Seongdong Ward.

Incheon’s cases rose by 12 to 25, with 14 cases linked to the Guro call center. Gyeonggi Province, which surrounds Seoul and Incheon, saw confirmed cases climb by 12 to 175, with 26 cases tied to Shincheonji and 13 cases tied to the Guro call center.

11.03.2020 - 07:57 [ Fortune ]

South Korea hopes its coronavirus epidemic has peaked—but there’s risk of a ‘second wave’

According to the local Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), there were 131 new cases as of March 10, compared to 248 and 367 new cases the previous two days, respectively. However, the KCDC does note the decline in Daegu and Gyeongbuk region—where the majority of cases are—is because nearly all members of the Shincheonji church at the center of the outbreak now have been tested.