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.