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Gov't Obtains List of 9,300 Members of Daegu Religious Group for Self-Quarantine

Write: 2020-02-22 13:44:21Update: 2020-02-23 18:05:36

Gov't Obtains List of 9,300 Members of Daegu Religious Group for Self-Quarantine

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The government has obtained the list of some nine thousand members of a religious group in Daegu City where a vast number of recent cases of the COVID-19 infections were confirmed.

In a briefing Saturday, the central disaster relief headquarters said the 93-hundred members have been asked to be self-quarantined or isolated at a facility in a preemptive manner even before finding out whether they made contact with coronavirus patients.

Deputy chief of the headquarters, Vice Health Minister Kim Kang-lip, said that those showing symptoms or who have had contact with patients are the first ones being tested for the virus.

Kim said the first list of over 44-hundred members of the religious sect have all been self-quarantined under the monitoring of local public officials.

Another 48-hundred worshipers will also follow suit and have their symptoms checked.

Kim said it was determined that it's best the church members do not venture outside so a mobile sampling and testing team will be running tests.

The government is also conducting COVID-19 tests on all patients and staff at Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo county where two patients infected with the coronavirus have died.

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