After earlier 31 new cases confirmed, recently 22 new cases of corona19 confirmed in Daegu. There're now 104 cases of coronavirus in total in South Korea , the number doubles today (Yesterday it was 51 cases) https://t.co/KTt9G4PT0m #KoreanUpdates VF pic.twitter.com/Rw1mjAeImc— KoreanUpdates! (@KoreanUpdates) February 20, 2020
- Daegu is becoming a hot bed of COVID-19 infections with nearly 40 new cases reported in just two days
- Among the new cases, 39 people are linked with the Sincheonji Church of Jesus, a Christian sect to which a 61-year-old woman, who tested positive Tuesday, belongs. She is being considered as a potential "superspreader"
- KCDC Director Jung Eun-kyeong said 1,001 church members who attended services with the woman are now in self-isolation at home
- Cult is instructing members to not cooperate with authorities and continue proselytizing outdoors EDIT: Church says the messages did not reflect its official policy and that it had disciplined the person who sent them out.
- "Shincheonji Corona" (신천지 코로나) is the most searched term on Naver at the moment, similar to yesterday
[more info on the sect]"Shincheonji Church of Jesus, The Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony" is a sect founded in 1984 by Lee Man-hee who is identified as the ‘Promised Pastor’ who supersedes Jesus. He teaches that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ, or the messiah.
US Forces Korea bans travel to Daegu as virus cases soar https://t.co/ggmGpyyF9T— The Korea Times (@koreatimescokr) February 20, 2020
Important to remember that the Korean government is asking anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 not to visit any hospital but to call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea call centre at 1339. pic.twitter.com/O8B7WCkYMs— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) February 20, 2020
Deaf and speech-impaired people in Korea reportedly cannot access the coronavirus hotline (1339) as video calls are not supported. No way to consult if must use sign language.— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) February 20, 2020
Apparently no measures for people with disabilities for coronavirus or other disasters. https://t.co/go9R2aXDXb
First coronavirus case in the Korean military. Said to be a navy soldier in his 20s, currently serving in Jeju. https://t.co/SjIuTv2eh2— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) February 20, 2020
Military suspends drafting soldiers in Daeguhttps://t.co/yNFL8Jh0wx— The Korea Herald (@TheKoreaHerald) February 20, 2020
source: @KoreanUpdates, naver, koreaherald, nocutnews via @AskaKorean, bloomberg, koreatimescokr, koryodynasty 1 2, yonhaptweet, TheKoreaHerald, nytimes
Edit: Added clarification! Also, there's an interesting new NYTimes article for further reading.