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South Korean pastor blamed for Covid-19 spike tests positive for the virus

by Tola Mbakwe

The pastor of a megachurch in South Korea which has been linked to a new surge in coronavirus cases in the country has tested positive for the virus. 

According to the Associated Press, health officials say Rev Jun Kwang-ho now has coronavirus two days after attending an anti-government protest in Seoul with thousands of members from his church.  

A disease control expert in Seoul's southern Gwangak district said Rev Jun was tested Monday morning, and although the results came back positive, he has not shown any symptoms. 

He's reported to be seen leaving the hospital, smiling, speaking on his mobile phone with his mask pulled down onto his chin. 

According to the Seoul metropolitan government, out of the 476 new coronavirus cases recorded between Sunday and Monday, at least 312 have been linked to Rev Jun's Sarang Jeil Church.

People have criticised the 4,000 member church, with hundreds of thousands signing a petition demanding authorities arrest Rev Jun.

Police are trying to track down 700 members of the church to ensure they get tested for the virus, after already testing 2,000 from the congregation. 

 

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