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Little known cult is new South Korea Covid-19 outbreak as record high cases reported

Little known sect led by a pastor who pokes eyes to heal is at the centre of a Covid-19 outbreak in South Korea, as the country reported a new daily record of 4,116 cases for Tuesday and battles a spike in serious cases straining hospitals.

World 24 November 2021 - 14:47 Residents in a religious community where many people had tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) arrive to undergo the coronavirus test in Cheonan, South Korea, November 23, 2021.Little known sect led by a pastor who pokes eyes to heal is at the centre of a Covid-19 outbreak in South Korea, as the country reported a new daily record of 4,116 cases for Tuesday and battles a spike in serious cases straining hospitals.EMERGENCY PLAN IMMINENT South Korea this month switched to a “living with Covid-19" plan  aimed at lifting rigid distancing rules and ultimately reopening after reaching vaccination goals last month.South Korea was one of the first countries to record novel coronavirus cases after it emerged in China in late 2019.

Looking at the metropolitan Seoul area alone, the situation is critical enough to impose an emergency plan at any time, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum told a Covid-19 response meeting on Wednesday.The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) had said the emergency plan may be imposed if and when the nationwide ICU bed capacity surpasses 75% or depending on the risk assessment that reviews medical response shortfalls, surge in number of elderly patients and uptake in booster shots.

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