South Korea closes Shincheonji church in Daegu coronavirus outbreak

Shincheonji members think that leader Lee Man-hee is the Second Coming of Jesus. In an internal message, Lee called the spread of the virus”a devil’s act.”

The South Korean government on Sunday announced 169 new Cov cases and two more deaths, making a total of 602 cases and six deaths. Authorities raised the national threat level to”red alert”for the first time, they have used the highest setting due to the H1N1 swine flu outbreak in 2009.

The South Korean President on Jae-in said the state of the Cov of the crisis has entered a”completely different stage, because of the mass infection in Shincheonji.” Millions signed a petition, calling for the Church to be disbanded.

The moon is referred to as the temporary closure of Shincheonji Church throughout the country of”a fair and inevitable step”to protect society. He said,”there is no intention to limit the freedom of religion.”

Shincheonji spokesman Kim Si-mon said in a live stream on Sunday night, its 1 100 members of the Church and subsidiary buildings nationwide have been shut down and its 245 000 parishioners have been instructed to refrain from external activities.

Kim said Shincheonji”is a thorough solution to the Cov, because we fully understand the Korean public’s worries.” The Church says that it canceled plans for a press conference after all of the venue, it reaches the Reject to the main event, citing concerns about the virus.

He criticized the”slanderous media coverage”condemned Shincheonji masking internal crisis virus. The Church denied the report, Church members are told to lie about the most recent service. The Church says this is not an official order from the leaders, but the”personal”message from a member.

Health authorities have identified a 61-year-old woman attended a Shincheonji branch in the southern city of Daegu for the patient zero of the score of the case in the Church. Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the woman initially refused the doctor’s request, she can test the virus on the grounds that she could not travel abroad recently.

The Church refused, the media reported that the women had been beaten, nurses and create a commotion with other Church members in the hospital.

Authorities have identified one of the Sunday services, she participated in the 1,000 other month is a hotbed of coronavirus. The number of the case back to the Daegu Church has rolled to 329 during the week, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Director of the center said Shincheonji service, a collection of worshipers in a crowded space may exacerbate the transmission of presence.

Shin Hyun-wook before Shincheonji members of the movement against religious worship, the Church members should all be kneeling on the floor key of the row in the temple hall. Worshipers are not allowed to wear masks during the service, the new said.

Local authorities say they have reached a Shincheonji members in Daegu to check, but 670 are not responding to Sunday. The police had mobilized about 600 police officers to keep track of members.

Shin said, hundreds of Shincheonji members are likely to go into hiding:”for them the fear of being out of the closet as a Shincheonji followers is more than the fear of the sick virus.” Because of the”cult of the stigma”attached to the Church the letter said that some members hide their affiliation, even from their families.

Shincheonji gold spokesman said the membership list of the Daegu Church has been submitted to the health authorities is compromised and exposing the members to personal attacks. Kim said that out of the closet through the list in the face of discrimination, insults and shooting their work.

An online application to Chairman Moon Jae-in office, called for”a strong lifting of Shincheonji,”has drawn nearly 380,000 supporters.

Yu Seoc-library, a representative of the Association of Physicians for humanism, the”hatred Shincheonji”did not help, but hindered containment of the virus. “The label’s impact will drive them deeper into hiding,”Woo was quoted as saying by Online news outlet Pressian.

In his internal message, released by South Korea’s Yonhap news Agency that Lee Man hee is called the mass infection”the devil of a thing to curb the rapid growth of Shincheonji.”

“Just like job had his faith tested,”he said,”This is going to destroy our growth.”

A Church spokesman did not respond to a Washington Post request for comment.

Lee, who founded the movement in 1984, claiming that he will save his followers from the impending Apocalypse. His followers believe he is a prophet who can decode the hidden meaning in the Bible and live forever.

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