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    Posted: February 20 2020 at 8:10pm
I know there's been a couple pieces posted on South Korea and the 'super spreader' but thought this had some interesting bits in it.
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South Korean city on high alert as coronavirus cases soar at 'cult' church

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The South Korean city of Daegu was facing an “unprecedented crisis” after coronavirus infections that centred on a controversial “cult” church surged to 38 cases, accounting for nearly half of the country’s total.
The city of 2.5 million people, which is two hours south of the capital Seoul, was turned into a ghost town after health officials said the bulk of country’s 31 new cases announced on Thursday were linked to a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

“We are in an unprecedented crisis,” Daegu’s mayor, Kwon Young-jin, told reporters.

He ordered the shutdown of all kindergartens and public libraries, according to the news agency Yonhap. Schools in the city were considering postponing the beginning of the spring term scheduled for early March.


Shopping malls and movie theatres were empty and the usually busy city centre streets were quiet. A concert featuring BTS and other K-pop stars that was set for Daegu Stadium on 8 March has been postponed.

© Provided by The Guardian Medical staff move a patient suspected of contracting the coronavirus in Daegu. Photograph: Kim Jong-un/AP

The defence ministry banned troops stationed in Daegu from leaving their barracks and receiving guests. The US military imposed similar restrictions on its army base in the city, which houses thousands of troops, family members and civilian employees, curbing travel and closing schools and child care centres.

In what the Korean centre for disease control called a “super spreader” event, almost half of the country’s total of 82 infections have been linked to a 61-year-old woman who worships at the Daegu church, an entity often accused of being a cult.
She first developed a fever on 10 February but reportedly twice refused to be tested for the coronavirus on the grounds that she had not recently travelled abroad. She attended at least four services before being diagnosed.
So far, 37 other members of the church have been confirmed as infected.
Shincheonji claims that its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to Heaven, body and soul, on the Day of Judgement.
Daegu’s municipal government said there were 1,001 Shincheonji members in the city, all of whom had been asked to self-quarantine, with 90 of them currently showing symptoms.
Those who have symptoms “will be tested as soon as possible”, Kwon Young-jin said, urging stronger action from the government in Seoul and calling the national response “inadequate”.
“We plan to test all believers of that church and have asked them to stay at home isolated from their families.”
The situation was “very grave”, South Korean vice health minister Kim Kang-lip said at a separate briefing.
Shincheonji said on Thursday that it had closed down all its facilities nationwide.

“We are deeply sorry that because of one of our members, who thought of her condition as a cold because she had not travelled abroad, led to many in our church being infected and thereby caused concern to the local community,” it said in a statement.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/south-korean-city-on-high-alert-as-coronavirus-cases-soar-at-cult-church/ar-BB10cUBi?ocid=spartandhp
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Where did this lady get the virus if she did not go to China?
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Same thing I was thinking....it sounds like it’s already been spreading there...
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Dang we get lots of our appliances from SK. It is spreading we just have to keep watching, reporting here, and putting our preps in.
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Originally posted by FluMom FluMom wrote:

Where did this lady get the virus if she did not go to China?


I think that's the question everyone wants an answer to. And if it can happen to her, perhaps there are others out there just as contagious.
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Have been saying for some time, it's the lag from infection to symptoms.

   The guesstimated time ranges up to and beyond 28 days. Even 2 weeks (if accurate) means we are seeing people who were infected 2 weeks ago.
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Korea reported the nation's second death from the new coronavirus, with the number of confirmed cases surpassing 200, officials said Friday.

The woman in her 50s died at a hospital in the southeastern city of Busan after being transferred from a hospital in a nearby county, where the nation's first COVID-19 fatality was reported the previous day. She was confirmed to be infected and moved to Busan earlier Friday.


https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20200221010251315

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South Korea reports second COVID-19 death, 142 new cases

South Korea reports second COVID-19 death, 142 new cases
Tourists in South Korea wearing masks amid coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
Tourists in traditional Korean hanbok dress wear face masks as they visit at Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on Jan 30, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)
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SEOUL: South Korea reported its second death on Saturday (Feb 22) from the novel coronavirus as the number of new cases rose by 142, bringing the nationwide total to 346.

This is the highest number of people infected outside of China.
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Among the latest cases, 92 were connected to a hospital in Cheongdo, a southern city connected to a religious sect, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 150 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus have now been infected, starting with a 61-year-old woman who developed a fever on Feb 10 but attended at least four church services in Daegu before being diagnosed.

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Cheongdo, around 27km south of Daegu, is the birthplace of Shincheonji's founder Lee Man-hee.
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County officials said Friday that a three-day funeral was held for his brother three weeks ago at a hall owned by the hospital, where 92 new cases were confirmed on Saturday morning.

The mayor of Daegu - South Korea's fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million - has advised locals to stay indoors, while access to a major US military base in the area has been restricted.
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The first patient who died from the virus was a long-term patient at a hospital in Cheongdo county. He had shown symptoms of pneumonia, and his status was only established posthumously.

The new coronavirus started in the Chinese city of Wuhan but has since spread to more than 25 countries.

Globally more than 2,000 people have died from the disease and more than 76,000 people have tested positive, the vast majority in China.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korea-covid-19-virus-coronavirus-new-cases-feb-22-12459916
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Not sure if I'm doing this right - but checked twitter and the post at top says
"142 more cases of Coronavirus discovered in Korea

The total number of cases in korea is now 346

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Pheasant nailed it.   Think it’s just starting to catch up with the 2-3 week lag. See how kinetic it goes
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Oh, I see the 142 had already been posted - sorry about that double up! Glad others found more info :)
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This looks bad , really bad. We better get prepared. This will reach everyone. Iran and India worry me the most. Turkey also worries me as well as Syria. Areas where the health services are not good. We are prepared as best we can.

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South Korea reported 229 new confirmed cases on Saturday, as the number of infections more than doubled in a day to 433. Of the total, 231 were linked to a church called Shincheonji in the city of Daegu, while at least 111 -- including four nurses -- were from the psychiatric ward of the hospital in Cheongdo County. The two clusters account for almost 80% of the confirmed cases.
Cheongdo, famous for its bull-fighting competition, is a rural town near Daegu. The funeral of the brother of the Shincheonji’s leader took place earlier this month in Cheongdo, and health officials are examining ties between the church and the hospital. Local media reports say the funeral was held in the building that houses the psychiatric ward.
Shincheonji, formally known as Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, said on its website that it’s trying to list attendees of the funeral and denied its Chinese followers were part of the crowd at the ceremony.
Earlier this week, the disease-control center said an inpatient who died after suffering for a long time with chronic pneumonia was confirmed only after his death to have been infected with the coronavirus. The 63-year-old man had been at the hospital’s mental health unit since late 2017, the KBS broadcaster reported.
The second fatality was a patient from the same ward, identified only as a woman born in 1965. She died shortly after being transferred to another hospital in Busan because of a lack of beds, the center said.
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Newbie1A post on the 20th.

Daegu’s municipal government said there were 1,001 Shincheonji members in the city, all of whom had been asked to self-quarantine, with 90 of them currently showing symptoms.


Health officials were screening some 9,300 church followers, and said that 1,261 of them have exhibited cough and other symptoms.
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Am I right in thinking that some of the infections are unexplainable, therefore, trace / isolation of suspected cases is incredibly difficult, akin to a needle in a haystack !!!?????

That would be seriously concerning !.
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Nah! Needle in a needle factory! 'Needle in a needle-stack.'
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SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) - Cases in South Korea of the new coronavirus exceeded 1,000 on Wednesday (Feb 26), reinforcing concerns that the deadly outbreak which began in central China is taking hold on a more global scale. 

The country confirmed 169 more coronavirus infections, bringing its total number of cases to 1,146. 

A week ago, South Korea had only 51 cases of the virus, which has killed more than 2,700 people in China and other parts of the world.



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SEOUL, Feb 27 (Reuters) - South Korea reported 334 additional cases of the new coronavirus on Thursday, raising the total tally to 1,595, the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) said.

The figure is the largest reported additional cases in the country since its first case was confirmed on Jan. 20.

Of the new cases, 307 were in the southeastern city of Daegu, where a church that was at the centre of the outbreak is located, the KCDC said in its statement. (Reporting by Sangmi Cha)


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 SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea reported 256 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number of infected in the country to 2,022, the Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention said. 

Of the new cases, 182 were in the southeastern city of Daegu, the location of a church at the centre of South Korea’s outbreak, the KCDC said in a statement. The death toll from the virus stood at 13, unchanged from the day earlier. 

The coronavirus, which originated in China, has rapidly spread to more than 40 other countries and territories. 


https://in.reuters.com/article/china-health-southkorea-cases/south-korea-reports-256-new-coronavirus-cases-total-2022-kcdc-idINKCN20M04E?rpc=401&

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SEOUL, South Korea — There were 28 cases of the coronavirus in South Korea on Feb. 13. Four days had passed without a new confirmed infection. President Moon Jae-in predicted that the outbreak would “disappear before long,” while the prime minister assured people that it was OK not to wear surgical masks outdoors.

As it turns out, the virus had been rapidly spreading at the time through a large, ​secretive ​church in Daegu, where it has since mushroomed into the largest epidemic of the coronavirus outside China, with 2,022 cases, including 13 deaths.

Now the president is facing a political backlash over his response as the number of cases continues to climb — 505 new infections on Thursday alone.​

Opposition politicians are seizing on what they call ​Mr. Moon’s​ ​mishandling of the crisis, by not moving quickly to close the country’s borders to China and not supplying enough surgical masks for citizens. The virus is also intensifying existing pressure from the weak economy, which is being made worse by a sharp decline in trade with China, South Korea’s biggest trading partner.

The opposition is vowing to make Mr. Moon’s “incompetence” the top election issue ​for the April 15 parliamentary polls. And more than one million South Koreans signed an online petition calling for his impeachment.

“If the outbreak doesn’t let up soon, it could spell a disaster for the ruling camp in the coming elections,” said Ahn Byong-jin, an expert on presidential leadership at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. ​“The current political leadership remains woefully behind in what to do, how to do it and how to communicate with the people at a time of pandemic like this.”

The choices are complicated for South Korea. The virus sprang from China. But much of South Korea’s economy depends on China.

Mr. Moon’s government has been reluctant to close the doors on visitors from mainland China even as 40 countries did, including the United States, and North Korea. South Korea has banned travelers only from ​the Chinese province of Hubei, where the global outbreak started.

To Mr. Moon’s government, banning travelers would not have had a “practical benefit.” To critics, not doing so may have helped the highly infectious pathogen spread, further undercutting the chances for the economic recovery the country craved.​

[Update: Japan shocks parents by moving to close all schools in response to coronavirus.]

An editorial in the influential conservative daily Chosun Ilbo warned ​on Wednesday ​that fighting the outbreak without banning Chinese visitors was “like trying to catch mosquitoes while keeping the windows open.”

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Mr. Moon’s political enemies have long accused him of being pro-Chinese​ or afraid to challenge China’s leader, Xi Jinping. ​On​ Feb. 20, when he was on the phone with Mr. Xi, ​Mr. Moon said that “China’s difficulties are our own difficulties,” according to his office.​

A spokesman for Mr. Moon, Kang Min-Seok, noted that no visitor from mainland China had tested positive since South Korea tightened its screening of Chinese arrivals on Feb. 4. He also cited the diminishing number of new Chinese cases outside Hubei.

The opposition is also lashing out at some of the government’s early decisions.

As it was later discovered, members of the Shincheonji church in Daegu,​ in the southeast of South Korea, began developing symptoms around Feb. 7-10, days before Mr. Moon said the worst was over. The worshipers continued to attend Sunday services, expectorating and spreading the virus as ​hundreds of congregants loudly sang and prayed in the tightly seated church.

At the time, the government repeatedly assured people that they did not need to cancel large gatherings.​ Lee In-young, the majority whip in the National Assembly, urged people to “return fast to normal lives.”

Even when Mr. Moon said that things had “stabilized” on Feb. 13, Jung Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that it was “still too early to say that the outbreak had plateaued.”

“We will be able to say so much later, only when the number of patients in China ​drops drastically and the danger of the virus entering our country from there ​has decreased,” Ms. Jung told reporters​ that same day. “We have to remain vigilant.”

The government’s optimism faded after ​a 61-year-old female church member tested positive on Feb. 18, becoming South Korea’s 31st patient. Since then, the cases have skyrocketed, sometimes doubling or tripling in a single day.

​The blowback over the crisis represents an ironic reversal for Mr. Moon.

He took power after the impeachment of his conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who lost public trust by mishandling disasters, including the sinking of the ferry Sewol.

In 2015, when South Korea was hit by an outbreak of the viral Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, Mr. Moon, then an opposition leader, called the crisis “a catastrophe spawned by an incompetent government” led by ​Ms. Park.

“It was the government that has turned out to be a super-spreader,” ​he said.

South Korea contained the MERS outbreak to 186 patients largely inside hospitals, although 38 people died. It also learned lessons.

Once the new coronavirus took root, South Korean health officials aggressively ​tracked down ​and isolated patients​, testing over 10,000 people a day. The recent spike in the number of confirmed cases is related in part to that aggressiveness.

Officials also released data quickly. Smartphone applications provided​ people with real-time updates on places patients had visited and ​sent users notifications when they approached such locales.

​But if the coronavirus appears less lethal than MERS, it has proved far more contagious. As it spread across the country, South Koreans began wondering whether they could trust Mr. Moon’s strategy, which relied essentially on the people’s cooperation and awareness. 

While the government has aggressively warned people to take precautions by wearing masks and washing hands, it has tried to keep as much of the economy running as possible.

There was also a political risk in pursuing drastic measures. When the government tried to ban weekend anti-government rallies over health concerns, the participants accused it of political suppression.

As Mr. Moon’s Democratic Party announced a “maximum containment” of Daegu and nearby towns this week, many conservative politicians took that as a decision by South Korea to cordon off its own towns while being spineless toward China. The political blowback was swift, forcing the government to deny any lockdown plan. Hong Ihk-pyo, the party spokesman who announced the maximum containment, resigned.

​South Koreans’ anger spiked this week when they learned that some Chinese cities had begun quarantining South Korean visitors​ upon landing at their airports, while South Korea had not imposed such restrictions on Chinese arrivals.

An online petition to Mr. Moon’s office demanding a ban on Chinese visitors had more than 760,000 supporters.

Others in South Korea focused ​their ire on the Shincheonji church,​ which has been branded as a cult by mainstream religions​. The church’s practices​, like sitting tightly together and aggressively proselytizing, have been cited as factors in the quick spread of the illness.​ A petition asking the government​ to forcibly disband the church had more than 920,000 signatories.​ ​

“Shincheonji has no right to talk about freedom of religion,” said Rhyu Si-min, a former health minister whose YouTube commentaries are ​influential among supporters ​of Mr. Moon. “Through their acts, they have endangered the lives of many citizens.”​

Mr. Moon called for the country to join hands together, calling the coming days a “critical period” in ​determining whether the virus will continue to spread through the country. ​This week, his government said it would check all 210,000 Shincheonji members across the country ​for the virus.

Others accused the government of shifting the blame to the church, when its members were also victims of the virus.

“What we have seen so far is a total failure of our disease-prevention system​,” said Choi Dae-zip, president of the Korean Medical Association, referring to​ his group’s repeated call for an early ban on Chinese visitors.​ “The biggest reason for that failure is that the government ignored the very basic principle of disease control, which is blocking the source of infection.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/world/asia/coronavirus-south-korea.html


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<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 2.15rem 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, 'Noto Sans', sans-serif, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Noto Color Emoji'; font-size: 20px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">South Korea reported 813 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday in what the vice health minister called a "critical moment" in the country's battle against the virus.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 2.15rem 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, 'Noto Sans', sans-serif, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Noto Color Emoji'; font-size: 20px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">The new figures bring South Korea's infected total up to 3,150 — the highest number outside of China, where the virus started. </p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 2.15rem 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, 'Noto Sans', sans-serif, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Noto Color Emoji'; font-size: 20px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">"We have asked you to refrain from taking part in public events, including a religious gathering or protest, this weekend," vice health minister Kim Kang-lip told a briefing, according to Reuters.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 2.15rem 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, 'Noto Sans', sans-serif, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Noto Color Emoji'; font-size: 20px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">"Please stay at home and refrain from going outside and minimize contact with other people," he added.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 2.15rem 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, 'Noto Sans', sans-serif, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Noto Color Emoji'; font-size: 20px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">17 people have died from coronavirus in South Korea so far.</p><p><br></p>
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South Korea reported 813 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday in what the vice health minister called a "critical moment" in the country's battle against the virus.

The new figures bring South Korea's infected total up to 3,150 — the highest number outside of China, where the virus started. 

"We have asked you to refrain from taking part in public events, including a religious gathering or protest, this weekend," vice health minister Kim Kang-lip told a briefing, according to Reuters.

"Please stay at home and refrain from going outside and minimize contact with other people," he added.

17 people have died from coronavirus in South Korea so far.


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Hey Pixie, thats what it was doing to me yesterday then yest evening it went back to old format??? Here is similar article that showed up in my feed - hopefully covers same data/easier to read. South Korea reported on Saturday its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases and concerns grew of a possible epidemic in the United States as the World Health Organization raised its risk alert to its highest level. The virus has rapidly spread across the world over the past week, causing stock markets to sink to their lowest levels since the 2008 global financial crisis over fears that the disease could wreak havoc on the world economy. More than 2,900 people have died and over 85,000 have been infected worldwide since it emerged apparently from an animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December. S. Korea: Neighbourhoods quiet in virus epicentre Daegu The vast majority of infections have been in China but more daily cases are now logged outside the country, with South Korea, Italy and Iran emerging as major focal points. South Korea reported another 219 coronavirus cases, bringing the country's total number of cases to 3,150. In neighbouring North Korea, leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the "serious consequences" of failing to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus on their side of the border. The impoverished nation, with a weak and ill-equipped healthcare system, has closed its borders to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory. © Simon MALFATTO Countries and territories with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as of February 28 at 1700 GMT The virus has also spread to new zones -- in the past 24 hours, it has affected nine new countries, from Azerbaijan to Mexico and New Zealand after reaching sub-Saharan Africa with Nigeria reporting its first case. "We have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Friday. © NOEL CELIS The coronavirus first emerged in China, where tens of thousands have been infected "We do not see evidence as yet that the virus is spreading freely in communities. As long as that's the case, we still have a chance of containing this virus." But US health officials on Friday reported two more cases of the new coronavirus transmitted to people who did not travel overseas or come in contact with anyone known to be ill, indicating the disease was spreading in the country. There are now three such cases in the United States, with one in Oregon and two in California, in addition to some 60 other infections in the country. © CHARLY TRIBALLEAU Japan has taken a number of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, including school closures "This new case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission but the extent is still not clear," said Sara Cody, director of public health for California's Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley where tech giants like Apple and Google are based. "What we know now is that the virus is here, present at some level, but we still don't know to what degree." Economy, events hit © 2020 Getty Images (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images) US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the central bank stood at the ready to intervene if needed, given the "evolving" risks to the world's largest economy posed by the outbreak. Official data released in China on Saturday showed the extent of the damage caused to the world's second-largest economy, with manufacturing activity falling to its lowest level on record in February as key industries ground to a standstill under drastic containment measures. More global events were disrupted due to the epidemic, with the United States delaying a regional summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) due in Las Vegas next month. "This is not a time for panic. It is time to be prepared -- fully prepared," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. Those efforts come as the number of deaths and new infections has been tapering off in China, following unprecedented quarantine efforts locking down tens of millions of people in the worst-hit cities. But they have kept rising abroad. South Korean cases South Korea's epidemic is centred in its fourth-largest city, Daegu, whose streets have been largely deserted for days, apart from long queues at the few shops with masks for sale. Three women in the Daegu area died of the illness, taking the national toll to 17, authorities said Saturday. South Korea's total is expected to rise further with screening of more than 210,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive entity often accused of being a cult that is linked to around half of the country's cases. While China reported 47 more deaths on Saturday, it recorded fewer new cases than South Korea, with 427 infections. South Korean officials say they are not considering a citywide quarantine for Daegu similar to the lockdown imposed on the central Chinese city of Wuhan. In Iran, unnamed health system sources told the BBC that at least 210 people had died of the coronavirus -- far beyond the official death toll of 34, but a health ministry spokesman angrily denied that figure. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/south-korea-virus-cases-surge-as-who-sounds-maximum-alert/ar-BB10y1b8?ocid=spartanntp
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Last week we noted an in-depth report by Bloomberg on how a 61-year-old Korean 'typhoid Mary' spread coronavirus throughout her doomsday religious cult after praying with at least a thousand other adherents.

"What made this case so much worse was that this person spent a considerable amount of time in a very crowded area," said Seoul National University professor of health policy, Kim Chang-yup. "There’s growing fear and resentment among the people right now."

As a result, over 1,900 members of the Shincheonji Church have been screened for coronavirus, of which 1,551 - or 81%, tested positive according to the BBC's Laura Bicker.

Of note, because the church's leader (who believes he's an immortal prophet sent by Jesus Christ) preaches about the end-of-days, followers have been accused of purposefully spreading the disease - however those reports are unconfirmed and there is no evidence to suggest this is occurring.

What is known is that the church held religious gatherings in the Chinese city of Wuhan - the epicenter of the current outbreak.

In short, expect similar results - assuming reports of purposeful infection are false - at similar places of worship around the wor

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Last week we noted an in-depth report by Bloomberg on how a 61-year-old Korean 'typhoid Mary' spread coronavirus throughout her doomsday religious cult after praying with at least a thousand other adherents.

"What made this case so much worse was that this person spent a considerable amount of time in a very crowded area," said Seoul National University professor of health policy, Kim Chang-yup. "There’s growing fear and resentment among the people right now."

As a result, over 1,900 members of the Shincheonji Church have been screened for coronavirus, of which 1,551 - or 81%, tested positive according to the BBC's Laura Bicker.

Of note, because the church's leader (who believes he's an immortal prophet sent by Jesus Christ) preaches about the end-of-days, followers have been accused of purposefully spreading the disease - however those reports are unconfirmed and there is no evidence to suggest this is occurring.

What is known is that the church held religious gatherings in the Chinese city of Wuhan - the epicenter of the current outbreak.

In short, expect similar results - assuming reports of purposeful infection are false - at similar places of worship around the world.

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Seoul goverment looking to prosecute the messianic church for spreading coronavirus

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S Korea new cases 851 , CFR rose from .6% gained  to 4% for people in 70's 5.4% for 80's ^

http://en.people.cn/n3/2020/0304/c90000-9664462.html

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Criticizing S Korea drive three testing as ineffective.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200307000074&np=1&mp=1

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