June 29, 2022

South Korea starting this month began the “living with COVID-19” scheme that has been aimed at lifting strict social distancing rules and reopening several businesses. Such a move was taken after the country reached its vaccination goals last month.

However, since then implementation of the scheme there has been a sharp rise in cases. The country recorded a fresh 4,116 cases and an increase in serious cases that has been straining hospitals.

According to reports, on Wednesday a little known sect in Cheonan city, south of Seoul led by a pastor is at the recent centre of a COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The particular pastor has been found to pokes eyes to heal.

Cheonan city official reported that a tiny rural church in the town of 427 residents, at least 241 people linked to the religious community had tested positive for coronavirus.

According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), the scale of the recent communal outbreak is large.

According to the city’s official, the majority were in close contact through communal living and about 90% of the religious community was unvaccinated. While many of the congregation were unvaccinated and elderly in their 60s and above. Only 17 out of the 241 confirmed cases were found to have been vaccinated.

The official continued to comment that they believe it’s the church’s anti-government beliefs that refrained the believers to get the vaccine, whilst also adding that the town has been put under a lockdown.

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum at a COVID-19 response meeting on Wednesday announced that currently looking at the metropolitan Seoul area alone, the situation is critical enough to impose an emergency plan at any time.

The Prime Minister has currently asked the health authorities to classify the patients based on the severity of the symptoms accordingly as soon as possible. Whilst also making use of self-treatment options available in the country for mild or asymptomatic cases.

The country has thus far fully vaccinated 79.1% of its 52 million people, while just 4.1% have been given a booster dose.