More than HALF of the 433 coronavirus cases in South Korea have been linked to cult whose leader is “immortal”
More than half of all coronavirus cases in South Korea are linked to a mysterious ultra-religious cult that the leader thinks is immortal.
South Korean officials confirmed today that at least 231 of the country’s 433 new cases are related to outbreaks in a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu.
Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 142 new cases during a morning briefing and another 87 in the afternoon.
It also revealed today that it had obtained a list of 9,300 people who had attended church services, of whom about 1,200 had complained about flu-like symptoms.
There have been further reports of outbreaks in the psychiatric ward of a hospital in Cheongdo district, infectons in Busan and on Jeju Island.
And Samsung Electronics said today that a coronavirus case was confirmed at its mobile device factory in Gumi, near Daegu.
South Korean officials have confirmed reports of outbreaks in the psychiatric ward of a hospital in Cheongdo (photo, medical workers moving a suspected coronavirus patient)
Two patients from Cheongdo Hospital have died from the virus.
KCDC designated both Daegu, with a population of 2.5 million, and Cheongdo County, where around 43,000 residents live, as ‘special zones’ yesterday.
Authorities even sent military medical personnel and other health professionals, and additional resources, including hospital beds.
More than half of national affairs are linked to a 61-year-old woman, known as “Patient 31,” who attended religious services in a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony.
The woman did not have a recent report of travel abroad, officials claimed.
Meanwhile, the cases from the hospital increased by nearly a hundred at night, with all but two new infections from the hospital’s psychiatric department.
Lee Man-Hee: The “immortal” leader of a mysterious cult who allegedly harasses his members
Lee Man-Hee (photo), whose cult has 74 churches in South Korea, is regarded by 120,000 followers as “immortal” and even the second coming of Jesus Christ
- Lee Man-Hee, now 88 years old, is the founder of the Shincheonji church of Jesus the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony.
- His group has been accused by Christian authorities around the world as a secret cult that is infiltrates churches and deceives‘ recruit.
- Lee, whose cult has 74 churches in South Korea, is regarded by 120,000 followers as “immortal‘and even the second coming of Jesus Christ.
- Very little is known about the cult, but it has been claimed that it is so strict and obsessed with secrecy the members are being bullied in silence.
- Lee’s critics accuse him of self-promotion, as his supposed trip to the UAE in 2015 to pose for photos and to enlarge his credentials at home.
- Others – often other religious authorities – claim to be a “false prophet“.
Two patients have been reported to have contracted the supervirus virus
KCDC has designated Daegu, with a population of 2.5 million, and Cheongdo, with approximately 43,000, as ‘special zones’ (photo, a health professional disinfects an office in Daegu)
KCDC also said they had a list of 9,300 people who had attended church services, of whom around 1,200 had complained about flu-like symptoms (pictured, people wearing masks)
South Korean officials have speculated that hospital and church outbreaks may be related, as several members of the ultra-religious sect attended a funeral for the founder’s brother this month.
President Moon Jae-in has called on officials to investigate possible connections.
The hospital, with around 600 patients and staff, is closed and patients are being transferred to other facilities.
KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said they believed the patients “had repeated exposure given the isolated facility of the psychiatric departments.”
Of the new cases confirmed today, two were in Busan, one of the largest cities in South Korea, while a solid was stationed at Jeju.
It is believed that he had come into contact with residents in the Daegu area.
In the photo a man wearing a face mask at a metro station being renovated in Seoul
KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said they believed the patients “had repeated exposure given the isolated facility of the psychiatric departments”
Of the new cases confirmed today, two were in Busan, one of the largest cities in South Korea, while one was more solidly stationed at Jeju (photo, people with masks)
In Seoul, thousands of people took to the streets for a political meeting, despite the fact that the mayor said the meetings would be banned (photo, a police officer wearing a mask)
The Seoul police said they were aware of the ban, but that it would be a ‘abuse of power’ for them to intervene (photo, thousands of people attending an anti-government rally)
All soldiers on a Daegu basis are excluded from leaving the barracks.
Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics said that the floor where the infected employee worked would be closed until Tuesday morning.
In Seoul, thousands of people took to the streets today for regular political meetings over the weekend, despite the fact that the mayor said the meetings would be banned.
The Seoul police said they were aware of the ban, but that it would be a “abuse of power” for them to intervene. The police could only start an investigation into the rallies if the city authorities prosecuted an individual or groups, an official said.
Cult leader at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea says the disease is “the act of the devil” as the number of cases doubles to 204 and the secret church is blamed for spreading the deadly virus
The leader of a “cult” at the center of the coronavirus crisis in South Korea has called the deadly outbreak “the deed of the devil.”
Lee Man-Hee declared the virus a “test of faith” after the services in the Shincheonji Church of Jesus were generally accused of spreading the virus.
The leader of the movement and the self-proclaimed Messiah Lee Man-hee gathered his troops today in a message on an internal app.
“This illness is seen as the devil’s act to stop the rapid growth of Shincheonji,” he wrote in the report, according to the Yonhap news agency.
“Just like the tests that Job has passed, it’s to destroy our progress,” he said.
Section leader Lee Man-Hee (photo left) declared the virus a “test of faith” after the services in the Shincheonji Church of Jesus were blamed for spreading the virus
Shincheonji, claiming 200,000 followers in South Korea, has now told members to view his services on YouTube instead.
The movement, which translates as “new heaven and new earth,” was founded in 1984 and describes its founder Lee as the “Promised Pastor.” He has been widely described by other Christian groups as a false prophet or cult leader.
“Shincheonji followers believe that Lee Man-hee is immortal and has eternal life,” said Ji-il Tark at Busan Presbyterian University in South Korea.
“To spread their faith, they often approach their relatives and acquaintances or sneak to other churches without telling them that they are Shincheonji members.”
The church said in a statement that it fully cooperated with government quarantine efforts and accused regular church groups of spreading false claims, such as initially instructing followers to remain silent about the disease.