South Korea has confirmed 476 new cases of coronary pneumonia, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4212, according to a statement released by the central government on March 2. South Korea has become the hardest-hit country outside China.
More than 4,000 new cases of coronary pneumonia were confirmed in South Korea on Thursday, following a total of more than 3,000 confirmed cases on March 29. South Korea’s central government has released a new treatment management plan to address the shortage of hospital beds. According to the new scheme, patients are divided into mild, moderate, severe and most severe patients according to the severity of the disease.
In fact, the majority of cases in Korea have been linked to the church in daegu. South Korea’s ministry of disease management previously said 73 percent of confirmed cases in daegu were linked to the church. More than 200,000 church members are being tested and the number of confirmed cases is expected to increase.
Lee wan-hee, President of the xintiandi church, completed testing for the new coronavirus on Feb. 29 and is now quarantining himself at his home in gyeonggi province, awaiting the results, according to the health ministry.
Lee wan-hee, President of the south Korean xintiandi church, has tested negative for the new coronavirus, yonhap news agency reported.
On March 1st park won-soon, Seoul’s mayor, urged lee wan-hee to take responsibility for the outbreak and to co-operate fully with the government to stop the spread of the virus.
Mr Park also asked the chief prosecutor, Mr Yoon suk-lau, to order the arrest of Mr Lee as soon as possible for allegedly spreading the virus. The prosecution had to arrest the 88-year-old cleric for this. If Mr Lee and the church did not act, the government would also place him under criminal investigation for manslaughter.
Under south Korean law, failure to comply with government regulations during an infectious disease crisis carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
At 8 p.m. local time, the Seoul municipal government also handed over a complaint to the Seoul central prosecutor against 13 people, including lee wan-hee, President of the xintiandi church, and the presidents of 12 tribes. The city of Seoul pointed out that lee wan-hee and others had violated the law on prevention of infectious diseases and the relevant provisions of the criminal law, committing murder and injury, and urged prosecutors to file a case against lee wan-hee and others.
“Lee wan-hee and others refused to be tested for the virus and did not take any measures to get their followers to cooperate with the authorities to prevent the spread of the virus,” the city explained. The church has also been accused of providing incorrect lists of church members, hindering the authorities’ efforts, the city said.
Xintiandi initially refused to hand over the list of its 210,000 followers to the government, only to relent under pressure, though some said the list was incomplete and inaccurate. A group of former members of the xintiandi church, who filed a complaint on February 27 accusing him of obstructing the government’s efforts to fight the disease, said he was “behind” the church’s misinformation.
Quan jun-yu, head of the central government’s anti-epidemic response headquarters, confirmed for the first time at a press conference that some worshippers had visited wuhan, China, in January. He said it was not immediately clear how many worshippers had visited, or what role those trips played in the outbreak.
In addition, Korean experts predict a worst-case scenario: 40 percent of the country’s population will be infected and the outbreak will continue until the end of the year.
South Korea’s yonhap news agency reported that on February 28, the opposition future united party of South Korea held a symposium on the epidemic on February 28, the party of a lawmaker asked: the phenomenon of a surge in patients will appear in the capital circle, this situation will continue to the date?
This is “hard to predict” because it is a virus to which humans are not immune, said choi yan-kwan, a professor of infectious medicine at Seoul university hospital in South Korea. In a worst-case scenario, 40 percent of the country’s population could be infected, based on past experience.
“I have heard that the number of patients may reach 10,000,” he said. “in fact, if the outbreak does not end within three months, we should be prepared for it to last until the end of the year.”